South Carolina Lawmakers Advance Personalized Learning Legislation

South Carolina Lawmakers Advance Personalized Learning Legislation

Yesterday, ExcelinEd in Action’s Southeast Regional Legislative Director, Ryan Mahoney, testified before the South Carolina House K-12 Education Subcommittee on the benefits of implementing a personalized approach to education. Legislation proposed by Representative Neal Collins (House Bill 4596) would create a pilot program to provide schools more flexibility and remove obstacles to implementing competency-based education.

“Personalized learning simply means tailoring a student’s educational experience to meet their unique strengths, interest and needs – and competency-based education is the foundation and the framework for that personalized experience,” said Ryan Mahoney, ExcelinEd in Action Southeast Regional Legislative Director. “It ensures equity in expectations and rigor in instruction and assessment, while also providing flexibility in pace and delivery to help states, districts and schools achieve the goal of personalization.” 

State partner TransformSC and the South Carolina Department of Education also spoke in support of the bill. House Bill 4596 passed the subcommittee unanimously and now heads to the full Education and Public Works Committee.

For more information on the integral role of competency-based education in personalized learning, watch Building a Foundation for Personalized Learning and Engaging Students and Personalized Learning, and visit ExcelinEd’s policy library.