Competency-Based Education (CBE)


Competency-Based Education (CBE) means a system where a student advances to higher levels of learning when the student demonstrates competency of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace.

The Utah State Legislature's CBE Amendment (Title 53F-5-5: Competency-Based Education Grants Program) was passed in the 2016 General Legislative Session, calling for the establishment of a CBE Grants Program consisting of grants to improve educational outcomes in public schools by advancing student mastery of concepts and skills through the following core principles:

  • student advancement upon mastery of a concept or skill;
  • competencies that include explicit, measurable, and transferable learning objectives that empower a student;
  • assessment that is meaningful and provides a positive learning experience for a student;
  • timely, differentiated support based on a student's individual learning needs; and
  • learning outcomes that emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent
Utah State Board of Education

Syd Young
Advisory Committee Facilitator
Utah State Board of Education

Bryan Bowles
Former School District Superintendent
Utah Charter School Board

Royd Darrington
Expert, Blended Learning
Juab School District

Blaine Edman
Current Local Education Agency (LEA) Administrator
Alpine School District 

Christina Guevara
Former Teacher
Spectrum Academy

Nick Harris
Former LEA Administrator
Weber School District

Nicki Slaugh
Expert in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Quest Academy

Logan Toone
Expert, Assessment of Student Learning
Davis School District

Matthew Winters
Current Teacher
Weber School District

Sonia Woodbury
Current Charter School Administrator
City Academy


Syd Young
Personalized, Competency Based Learning (PCBL) Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7959 | E-mail

Todd Call
PCBL Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7785 | E-mail