August 2018 Proficiency Based Education Update for RSU 22
In July of 2018, the legislature voted to make some changes to the law governing Maine’s work with content areas, standards, reporting expectations and graduation requirements.
Our administrative council met July 31st to review our work, progress and next steps in RSU 22. The information was also shared with the school board on August 1, 2018.
We are in the process of:
reviewing our graduation policy
reviewing our graduation expectations and any changes we may like to bring forward surveying other Maine school districts to ascertain their plans moving forward
Proficiency-Based Education Update
Our K-12 system continues to move forward with Proficiency Based education.
During 2017-2018 we will:
• continue to build and add resources for teacher use with students
• begin to build the Proficiency Based transcript in our student Information system software
• continue to create pathways for students to meet and demonstrate mastery of standards
• build more assessment types and opportunities for students
Other related PBE work may also occur.
“Students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot.”
Robert J. Marzano
What is Student Centered Proficiency Based Education (PBE)?
PBE systems look very different across the State of Maine, however a few key areas are the same.
First, all students must demonstrate mastery of key learning targets (standards) before moving on in their learning. In other words, “failure” is not an option for learners anymore. It is no longer “ok” to not understand key learning because it will no longer “average” out.
Second, the system is transparent and clear about what standards students must meet. In every class, students know what the learning expectations are for the learning experience. These are not kept “secret” as they have been in the past. Students know where they stand in their learning, what they need to do to demonstrate mastery, and what learning is next after they do.
Third, consistent evaluation methods are used by teachers across RSU 22’s K-12 continuum. Standards are consistent across schools.
Finally, while learning expectations (standards) are fixed, teachers and students have some flexibility in how they learn the required content, how they demonstrate proficiency of the content, and when they demonstrate proficiency. Students may move more flexibly in their learning and not be tied to the “middle” of the classroom where they may either be bored or lost.
Overall, within a PBE system, students move at teacher’s pace or better, they have more voice (say) in their learning, and they have more choice in how and when they learn!