SRS Network Framework for Competency-Based Learning


The work of the Success-Ready Students Network (SRSN) connects to the framework developed by the Success-Ready Students Work Group (SRSWG). The essence of this framework for redesigning and reimagining assessment and accountability practices places student learning at the center and ensures that every child can master and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to be high school, college, career and workplace ready.

SRS Network Competency-Based Learning Definition

A competency-based, personalized learning mindset is an essential component that supports this student-centered framework and the work of the SRSN.

The Missouri framework for competency-based learning (CBL) includes the seven elements that define a competency-based education system, plus an additional Real World Learning element, for a total of eight elements.

  1. Students are empowered daily to make important decisions about their learning experiences, how they will create and apply knowledge, and how they will demonstrate their learning.

  2. Assessment is a meaningful, positive, and empowering learning experience for students that yields timely, relevant, and actionable evidence.

  3. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

  4. Students progress based on evidence of mastery, not seat time.

  5. Students learn actively using different pathways and varied pacing.

  6. Strategies to ensure equity for all students are embedded in the culture, structure, and pedagogy of schools and education systems.

  7. Rigorous, common expectations for learning (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) are explicit, transparent, measurable, and transferable.

  8. Students engage in Real World Learning experiences that support high school, college, career and workplace readiness.

A competency-based school should implement all seven elements of the definition (plus Real World Learning). Strong implementation also requires policies, pedagogy, structures, and culture that support every student.

”Introduction to Competency-Based Education,” Aurora Institute, 2022

What Competency-Based Learning Is

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SRSWG Five Recommendations

The 2022 SRSWG provided the Missouri State Board of Education Five Recommendations to support the framework. These recommendations focus on stakeholder engagement and the creation of innovation zones.


Missouri's Foundational Studies

The Success-Ready Students Network (SRSN) was formed as a culmination of many years of research conducted by practitioners in the field in collaboration with representatives from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.