Proficiency-Based Grading

New 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.

Parent Guide to Proficiency-Based Grading - English

Parent Guide to Proficiency-Based Grading - Spanish

Video Presentation on Proficiency-Based Grading

Report Card Examples for Elementary Grades

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

 

Watch to Learn

 

proficiency based learning video  

examples of personalized learning video

what is proficiency based learning video

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