Published commentary by Roman Stearns in CalMatters arguing for a move toward a competency-based approach to learning.

We have a problem in California schools. Our students are disengaged, desperate for a greater sense of belonging, and needing more voice and choice in their education. They crave and deserve a stronger sense of agency so they can direct their own learning in ways that align with their interests, cultural and racial identities, and dreams for the future. Our outdated education system too narrowly defines student achievement and success, limiting students’ engagement and also hurting their prospects for adult success. The good news is that several recent articles signal a movement afoot to better meet the needs of young people, families and communities.

Roman Stearns is Executive Director of Scaling Student Success, a CA partnership dedicated to educating the whole child.