Proficiency-Based Learning is a key component of flexible and personalized pathways set forth in Act 77 and the State Board of Education’s Education Quality Standards. Vermont public schools must provide students with flexible and personalized pathways for progressing through grade levels and to graduation. These resources can help educators and families understand some of the changes that are taking place in Vermont schools.
What is Proficiency-Based Learning?
The focus of proficiency-based learning is on students’ demonstration of desired learning outcomes. Students gain the skills, abilities, and knowledge required in an area of study, along with those necessary to be successful in college, career and civic life. Proficiency-based learning is designed to identify and address gaps to provide equitable learning opportunities for every student. This is in contrast to traditional systems which advance students based on seat time. Read more about “What is proficiency-based learning?”.
- Proficiency-Based Learning Team
- Opinion: Proficiency-Based Learning Beneficial for Students, by Secretary Holcombe
- How to Argue with Standards-Based Learning
- Are Your Students Ready For Their Graduation Handshake? by Rose Colby
Proficiency-based Learning 101: A Vermont Primer
This Powerpoint-based video primer gives an overview of proficiency-based learning in Vermont. The primer addresses equity, standards and proficiencies, curriculum, instruction and assessment, reporting, structure, organization and scheduling, as well as an acronym glossary and an FAQ.
- Powerpoint Presentation
- Links shown in the video can be found on Proficiency-based Learning 101: A Vermont Primer Hyperlinks.