North Country Union High School
January 7, 2020
PBL Articles & Update #5
I hope you all enjoyed a restful December break and are ready to embark on the last half of the school year – amazing how quickly it is going!
For this edition of PBL Updates, I’d like to briefly discuss the question of differentiating achievement levels between and among students. Attached is an article from the Shelburne News about PBL. In it, the author Jeff Evans, the Central Vermont School District’s Director of Learning and Innovation, describes the intent of proficiency-based learning to support all students’ efforts to attain proficiency. This is a bit of a change for folks who are accustomed to measuring achievement in relation to other students. In other words, instead of asking ‘How is my student doing compared to other students in the class?’, the question might be ‘How is my student doing in relation to the standards and learning targets for the course?’.
Proficiency-Based Learning seeks to ensure that every child in every school is provided with the time and support to achieve proficiency, thereby ensuring that each is prepared for post-secondary college and career opportunities. We are well on our way to realizing this goal, and will be continuing to devote time throughout the year to support teachers and students to implement the system.
As always, we thank you for your support, and encourage you to contact us with any questions,
NCUHS Proficiency Conversion Scale
Below, please find the scale that converts proficiency scores to letter grades and GPA. Please review this and contact us if you have any questions. Please keep in mind the following
- This scale is primarily intended to provide families, colleges, and employers with easy to understand and access information regarding students’ profiles.
- It is important to remember that the Proficiency Score is the one that is most indicative of what students have learned in a class.
- The scale emphasizes the importance of attaining Proficiency in order to be awarded credit.
- It is likely that the lowest proficiency levels would be removed over time in order to emphasize the importance of being proficient in order to graduate.
*Does not include weighting for AP courses, which is a 1.0 addition.