Proficiency-Based Grading

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In District 100, we believe student achievement occurs through clearly defined standards and authentic learning opportunities. The district strives to provide accurate, meaningful and timely feedback to both students and parents throughout the learning process.

Proficiency-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of proficiency-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to those learning targets – as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of the grading period, which can mask what a student has learned or not learned.

District 100 Grading Philosophies 

Parent Guide to Proficiency-Based Grading - English

Parent Guide to Proficiency-Based Grading - Spanish

Video Presentation on Proficiency-Based Grading

Report Cards

Starting in our elementary schools for the 2018-2019 school year, we're improving the information parents receive through a new type of report card. Instead of just As, Bs and Cs, your new report card will show how your student is performing in specific areas. We hope being more transparent helps parents with having conversations at home and also with teachers. We also hope it will help students better understand how they are progressing. Below are some guidelines on these new report cards, a video presentation and example report cards to assist you in learning more about this change. Middle schools will adapt to these new report cards in the 2019-2020 school year, and high schools will adapt to these new report cards in the 2020-2021 school year.

Report Card Examples for Elementary Grades

Link to Video of Elementary Report Card Overview (English)

Link to Video of Elementary Report Card Overview (Español)

Mastery Connect

Mastery Connect is a program used at the elementary level that identifies levels of understanding, targets learning support for students and helps improve learning and instruction.

Mastery Connect Introductory Letter

Mastery Connect Reference Document

Mastery Connect Parent Portal Webinar

Middle School Eligibility

For students to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, they are expected to make adequate progress in their academic outcomes and Habits of Work. Earning a 1 on a standard or Habit of Work for which progess beyond a 1 is expected is considered inadequate progress for eligibility. A student who has two or more courses in which they are not making adequate progress will be deemed ineligible.

About Our Transition

In 2017, the school board approved a community-involved strategic plan that included the goal to provide a Student Centered learning environment. 

A Student Centered learning environment helps prepare all K-12 students for college and career by ensuring that they proceed through learning experiences in a way that is right for them.  Part of this model involves learning through a proficiency-based system, rather than waiting for their peers to catch up or moving on without having fully mastered the material. Under this model, students learn one set of skills and knowledge within a subject area before advancing to the next set – rather than move on as part of a group whether or not they have learned the material.  

For students, a Student Centered environment provides flexibility to learn and master each set of skills and knowledge necessary in a way and pace that works for them.  

For parents, it gives them the confidence that their child is getting an experience that is targeted to his or her individual needs.

For teachers, it creates opportunities for them to tailor their support to the specific, current needs of each student, rather than teach to the middle.  

For administrators, this means buiding a system that focuses on supporting, evaluating and guiding students based on their current ability as well as interests. 

As a result, all students build a stronger academic foundation and are better able to master the knowledge and skills critical to prepare them for college and career.

Student Centered education is a four-pronged approach, which includes:

  1. Personalized learning
  2. Proficiency-Based learning
    (also sometimes called "competency-based")
  3. Technology-Enhanced learning
    (also sometimes called "anytime-anywhere")
  4. Student-Owned learning



Belvidere CUSD #100
1201 5th Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 544-0301

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Seth Whitman School: (815) 544-3357

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