Competency based education helps fill teacher shortage

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Quincy Public Schools says competency based education has helped fill at least two teacher positions.

QPS received a waiver to become part of the state’s competency based education pilot program earlier this year.

Amanda Cramsey is one of two teachers currently using the program to become a certified teacher while teaching in the classroom at the same time.

Both Cramsey and the school say while the program has helped with hiring, it’s helping students as well.

“Everything is technology and kids are changing,” said Cramsey. “Home lives are changing and we have to keep up with it to keep the kids in school.”

“It’s opened up some areas for students to take college courses for high school credit,” said Quincy High School Principal Jody Steinke.

School officials say because of competency based education, they expect 30-40 students to take classes with John Wood Community College next semester.

They expect that number to rise to over 100 for next fall.

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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