Update: September 2016
RSU 22 Student Proficiency Based High School Diplomas will now begin being awarded in 2020 (not 2018). Students will be expected to meet standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and one other content area.
“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!
12/15/15 Please find attached the powerpoint presentation used with K-5 parents on December 10 and December 14, 2015