House supports Behning’s bill creating personalized learning program

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:25 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) —State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would establish a competency-based education pilot program advanced out of the House of Representatives today with a vote of 68-21.

Under Behning’s proposal, a competency-based education pilot program could be created in up to five school corporations. Competency-based education is a personalized learning program that uses technology to make learning more student centered. Under this model, students are able to learn at their own pace, moving individually onto new material as soon as they demonstrate they have mastered a set of skills.

“This is truly a student-focused approach to education,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “In a traditional setting, an educator is teaching to multiple skill levels and often teaches to the average student. While this method benefits many students, children who are ahead of the class are held back, and those who lag behind continue to struggle. Under competency-based education, students are able to fully focus on skills needed to succeed.”

Behning said Warren Township in Marion County is a strong leader in personalized learning and is currently moving toward a competency-based education model.

House Bill 1386 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit to learn more about this legislation.


State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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