Proficiency-Based Learning


How do we ORGANIZE LEARNING for students?

WHAT DOES PERSONALIZED, PROFICIENCY-BASED LEARNING IN A DIGITALLY RICH ENVIRONMENT LOOK LIKE?

Mean What You Say:  Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education - This paper is intended to provide a scan of the literature and expand the knowledgeable for the field to integrate the core ideas of personalized learning, blended learning, competency education, and standards. The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order to create new learning models. In sum, the goal of this paper is to make sense of the terms and how they fit together

        
If you give a kid...  Student Voice and Choice: 
At Their Own Pace 
What is Blended Learning? 

WHAT IS THIS DIGITAL SHIFT, AND HOW DO WE MAKE IT HAPPEN?

Let's stop talking about teaching with technology and let's start talking about TEACHING.

  • Teaching effectively is not "innovative" or "new"
    We have been researching and refining how to personalize learning for decades. 
  • Technology is not pedagogy
    It is nothing more than a tool that should only be implemented when it increases efficiency and effectiveness.
What is the digital shift, and how do we make it happen? (29:59)
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HOW MIGHT MY CLASSROOM BE REDESIGNED TO BETTER MEET MY STUDENTS' NEEDS?

  • How might we create a 21st century learning experience at our school?
  • How might we redesign our approach to curriculum development and delivery to center around the needs and desires of our teachers and students?
  • How might we redesign our high school to elevate student engagement and academic outcomes?

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Performance Assessments

Rhode Island includes performance assessments as one of the requirements for demonstrating readiness for graduation. Performance assessments include common tasks, comprehensive end of course tasks, diploma assessments, and other “authentic” assessments. Performance assessments allow students to demonstrate, at a more comprehensive and increased cognitive level, the application of content learned through coursework.

“An authentic assessment is simply performances and product requirements that are faithful to real-world demands, opportunities and constraints.  Students are tested on their ability to do the subject in context, to transfer their learning effectively.” - Grant Wiggins, 2006

Strengthening Performance Based Assessments Institute

RI Strengthening Proficiency Based Graduation (SPBG)

SPBG is an initiative funded by Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the RI Foundation that provides intense technical assistance to educators to improve their assessment literacy and ensure the validity and reliability of performance assessments.

The project provides for two cohorts of educators to receive direct professional development, practice the skills of assessment development, validation and calibration for scoring, and participate in a professional learning community.  A collection of validated performance assessments will be made available to educators across Rhode Island at the completion of the SPBG Institute.

Deepening Our Thinking About The Digital Learning Transition

Changing the Culture of Teaching and Learning

PLEASANT VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PROVIDENCE, RI

MOORESVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, NC

KLEIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, TX

QUAKERTOWN, COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, PA

MAINE STATEWIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL INITIATIVE

Further Information about Changing the Culture of Teaching and LearningDigital Learning: any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience

School and District Learning Transitions

The following schools and districts have defined their own goals for their digital learning transition and developed strategies for addressing the challenges.  Which ideas might apply in your school?

Public Schools 

District Case Studies - Power on Texas