League of Innovative School Webinar on<strong> Proficiency-Based Learning Simplified: Best Practices in Grading and Reporting </strong>Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 3:00–4:00 PM EST. <a href="http://lis.newenglandssc.org/webinars#webinar11" target="_blank">Register here</a>.
<a href="http://real.bacademy.org/" target="_blank">Responsive Education Alternatives Lab</a> (REAL) Summer Institute July 8-11. Boston Day & Evening Academy staff share their work with competency-based education and assessment to broaden the discussion about personalized learning.
Quality Performa<a href="http://www.qualityperformanceassessment.org/professional-development/summer-institute/" target="_blank">nce Assessment (QPA) Summer Institute</a> July 15-18. Center for Collaborative Education walks participants through the effective use of performance assessments to implement Common Core State Standards and other important frameworks.
Check out the <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/" target="_blank">Wiki</a> for previous webinars:
<a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/aligning-competencies-with-the-common-core" target="_blank"><em>Aligning Competencies with the Common Core for Off-Track Youth, </em></a>
<em><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/creating-a-transparent-mastery-and-assessment-system-creating-systems-of-assessments" target="_blank">Creating Systems of Assessments</a></em>
<em><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/student-experience-pacing-and-personalization" target="_blank">Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization</a></em>
<em><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/spanning-the-grades–a-look-at-elementary-middle-school-and-high-school-competency-based-models" target="_blank">Spanning the Grades: A Look At Elementary, Middle School And High School Competency-Based Models</a></em>
<em><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/re-engineering-for-competency-education-information-technology-design-consideration" target="_blank"> Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education</a></em>
<em><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/competencybasedpathways/home/resources/the-learning-edge-supporting-student-success-in-a-competency-based-learning-environment" target="_blank">The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment </a></em>
<em>How State Educational Leaders are Advancing Competency Education b</em>
<strong>New! </strong><a href="http://www.knowledgeworks.org/competency-education-series-policy-brief-one" target="_blank">An Emerging Federal Role for Competency Education</a> by KnowledgeWorks
<strong>New! </strong><a href="http://www.competencyworks.org/resources/briefing-papers/">Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education</a>, a CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
<a href="http://www.competencyworks.org/resources/briefing-papers/">Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education</a>, a CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
<a href="http://www.digitallearningnow.com/dln-smart-series/" target="_blank">The Shift from Cohorts to Competency</a> by Digital Learning Now!
<a href="http://www.all4ed.org/" target="_blank">Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System</a> by Alliance for Excellence Education
<a href="http://www.competencyworks.org/resources/briefing-papers/">The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment</a>, a CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
<a href="http://www.competencyworks.org/resources/making-mastery-work/">Making Mastery Work</a> published by Nellie Mae Education Foundation
As you may know, ACHIEVE has established a Competency-Based Pathways Work Group to examine how competency education may impact assessment, accountability, graduation requirements, and other state policies. Working with leaders from ten states, Cory Curl and Anne Bowles are providing tools, research, and analysis so that state policymakers can assess opportunities to support competency education.
Cory and Anne have just completed site visits to Maine, Kentucky, Illinois, and Colorado, and shared their findings during a webinar (inspiring me to think about sharing insights that way rather than the blog….Hmm, what do you think?) Given that others had visited as well, we shared our insights. Here are a few of the highlights:
Danville, Kentucky has been getting attention for their project-based learning (See the show on PBS.) They see the ACT as a meaningful metric for determining college and career readiness and are moving toward improving ACT scores based on the college ready benchmarks. Their website explains, “Students are considered to be college-ready by meeting specific benchmark scores for each content-area tested by the ACT. EXPLORE and PLAN also provide benchmark scores that tell us whether or not students are on track to meet those important ACT readiness scores. Scores from these assessments are also included in a school and district’s overall score.” They are now in the process of beginning to weave competency education into their work, keeping a strong focus on equity. (more…)
In a previous post I summarized the evidence of competency education making a difference in student achievement and school performance.
Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. Below is a snapshot of Adams 50 transformation from having seven schools identified as lowest-performing to having zero. ZERO. Notice the schools in green – those are the highest performing schools that expanded from two to seven schools in three years.
We have all been watching and learning from Adams County School District 50 (Adams 50). This district, on the outskirts of Denver, embraced competency education with early support of the Reinventing Schools Coalition (the folks who led the way in Chugach, Alaska). They have been staying the course, even with changes in district leadership. They have been staying the course even when they weren’t seeing positive indicators.
And it is paying off — According to the article in the Denver Post, Francis Day Elementary school jumped two levels from turnaround status to performance status. Other positive indicators are that enrollment in the district has started climbing back up and there was no principal turnover this year. (more…)