Mattoon school officials to further dive into big education change

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MATTOON — A change to education methods will be a topic at today’s school board meeting.

The Mattoon school board members are set to meet at 7 p.m. at the administrative building, 1701 Charleston Ave, and they are scheduled to talk about the Competency-Based Pilot Award through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Competency-based learning transitions schooling away from seat time to a more flexible look at student progression in the classroom. According the ISBE, this approach is geared to make education more relevant both to students and to employers.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, this system requires that a student master academic content regardless of how much time they spent on the subject as is done now when a student moves from one grade to the next.

This is done by implementing more online and blended learning, dual enrollment courses, project-based and community-based learning, and credit recovery, among others.

Also at the meeting, the board is set to vote on an approval for Mattoon Middle School cheerleaders to attend and perform at the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 29, 2018, to Jan. 2, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.

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