A guaranteed and viable curriculum is the variable most strongly related to student achievement at the school level.
One of the most powerful things a school and district can do to help enhance student achievement is to guarantee that specific content is taught in specific courses and grade levels. It is important to note the two parts in the concept of a guaranteed and viable curriculum: The fact that it is guaranteed assures us that specific content is taught in specific courses and at specific grade levels, regardless of the teacher to whom a student is assigned. The fact that it is viable indicates that there is enough instructional time available to actually teach the content identified as important.
Evidence of student learning is used on a regular basis to identify the specific needs of individual students.
Evidence of student learning is used on a regular basis to identify the specific needs of individual students. The PLC process moves beyond using data to make general observations about the achievement of all students. It creates processes to use assessment results to respond to students by name and by need
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.