Partnering with schools and communities to implement personalized Competency-Based Education


Competency-Based Education is a system of instruction where students advance to higher-levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace (Foundation for Excellence in Education).

The guiding principles are:

  1. Students advance upon demonstrated mastery,
  2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students,
  3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students,
  4. Students receive rapid, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

Introductory Videos

Short videos describing Marzano Academies

Marzano Academies An Overview

The 3 Phases Services Roll-Out

Building Agency in All Learners

Transitioning to a Competency-Based Education (CBE) system not only requires a shift in how teachers view content but also a shift in the way they and their students view learning. For example, traditional classroom management strategies are often less effective in a CBE system because they are based on the assumption that the teacher is responsible for and in charge of all teaching, learning and assessment activities. In a CBE system, students not only have the invitation but also the right to share in these responsibilities. When schools implement Marzano Academies strategies and processes ensuring the coordination of the 16-School Level Indicators, they provide their learners opportunities to develop the belief that they have the power to control their education and ultimately their lives. This is student agency. Strategies that promote student agency include establishing a system for setting and monitoring classroom goals, creating and using standard operating procedures, integrating student voice and choice into teaching, and learning processes and creating a more flexible learning environment.

The Research Components of a Marzano Academy

The Academy model is based on 50+ years of research by Dr. Marzano including:

  • Safe, Orderly, and Supportive Environment

  • Student Efficacy and Agency

  • Inspiration

  • Personal Projects

  • Instruction and Teacher Development

  • Blended Instruction

  • Cumulative Review

  • Knowledge Maps

  • Measurement Topics and Proficiency Scales

  • Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Explicit Goals for Students’ Status and Growth

  • Assessment

  • Reporting and Grading

  • Collective Responsibility

  • Flexible Scheduling


Marzano Academies provides, intensive, highly-specialized professional development for each campus, delivered by Marzano-trained, Site Implementation Specialists. Each Site Implementation Specialist works closely with campus leadership and staff to create a unique, sequential, professional development learning sequence which is consistently monitored by one, supervising specialist. This carefully monitored approach to professional development ensures training consistency and fidelity to the Marzano Academy model.

Dr. Marzano's Message

"Marzano Academies will be a lighthouse to all schools in the United States as to what public education can and should be and demonstrate the concrete means to manifest this vision within their local communities." - Robert Marzano, PhD.