competency-based education (CBE)


An educational approach that focuses on learning (and the application of that learning) in contrast to more traditional instructional time-based models. This approach allows individuals to advance based on their ability to master a skill or competency, typically at their own pace. Definitions for CBE vary based on context (secondary, postsecondary, workforce, etc.) and often include different ways of considering mastery, competency definition, pacing, instruction, and support.


This definition combines the language of the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education from their respective competency-based programming.