Proficiency-based Learning & Graduation Requirements
What is Proficiency-based Learning, Grading, and Graduation Requirements?
Proficiency-based learning (PBL), Proficiency-based Grading, and Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements (PBGR) refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn. Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements (PBGR) are those proficiencies the district determines represent a set of expectations that a student will demonstrate before earning a high school diploma.
The newly unified Essex Westford School District adopted the following conceptual framework as a roadmap to transition to a PreK-12 proficiency-based learning system and develop proficiency-based graduation requirements in accordance with Vermont Education Quality Standards.
In its simplest form, in a Proficiency-based Learning system the goal is for students, teachers, and parents have a clear understanding of what the student needs to know, understand and be able to do and how they are doing in meeting those goals.