AACN Essentials

The Essentials

Essentials Competency Assessment Tools

Developed by the Assessment Expert Working Group, AACN has published two companion guides to facilitate implementation of the Essentials. The Guiding Principles on Competency-Based Education and Assessment outlines the six elements that distinguish competency-based education (CBE) from traditional approaches to teaching/learning and addresses the nine Core Principles for Assessment of Learners in CBE. The Essentials Competency Assessment Framework illustrates the evolution of a student’s learning experience as they journey through competency development and demonstration of achievement. The framework encompasses competency assessment at both Level One for entry-level nursing education and Level Two for advanced-level nursing education.

Combined, the two documents create a common understanding of CBE for the learner and the assessor. These documents build upon each other, outlining the importance of reframing how nursing educators approach assessment to ensure their strategies are centered on the individual learner and their ability to demonstrate understanding and attainment of the competencies and sub-competencies. The Assessment Expert Work Group is currently developing a process for the creation of consensus-based progression indicators and nursing practice scenarios—more information will be available on these items in 2024.

Guiding Principles on CBE and Assessment

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The Guiding Principles on Competency-Based Education and Assessment outlines the six elements that distinguish competency-based education (CBE) from traditional approaches to teaching/learning and addresses the nine Core Principles for Assessment of Learners in CBE

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Competency Assessment Framework

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The Essentials Competency Assessment Framework illustrates the evolution of a student's learning experience as they journey through competency development and demonstration of achievement. The framework encompasses competency assessment at both Level One for entry-level nursing education and Level Two for advanced-level nursing education.

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