“Students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot.”
Robert J. Marzano
Hampden Academy’s graduation expectations are based on a credit system. Standards are aligned to all high school classes/courses.
For grades 6-12, students and parents will receive both traditional grades and progress towards meeting standards.
Kindergarten through grade five will receive progress reports based on standards.
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, students demonstrate mastery of key learning targets (standards). “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. Students know what the learning expectations are for the learning experience. 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.