Competency Based Progression
Competency based progression is where each student’s progress toward clearly-defined goals is continually assessed. A student advances and earns credit as soon as he/she demonstrates mastery.
Students master skills at their own pace. Competency based systems may also create multiple pathways to graduation, make better use of technology and differentiate to meet the learning needs.
Here in Michigan we do provide a seat time waiver to districts that want to offer pupils access to online learning options and the opportunity to continue working on a high school diploma or grade progression without actually attending a school facility. Many students have taken advantage of this opportunity to advance on their own.
1. What are ways you as a teacher can assist students to master skills at their own pace?
Ongoing Assessment is the key. Formative assessments are aligned with learning objectives and students receive immediate feedback when assessment occurs. This is used to encourage students to return to difficult concepts and skills until they achieve mastery. It is essential that assessments are student-centered, in which students are assessed on material with which they are familiar.
2. Check out the resources below for formative assessments. Kahoot, Socrative and Poll Everywhere are tools where you can even create questions on the fly and students can answer questions/polls on any device with an internet connection.
Type of Resource
Suggestions for Use
Polling & Survey
3. Choose one of the formative assessment resources above. Create a formative assessment with at least 5 questions and use it with your students. Share the asssessment with your instructor.
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Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,c,d;
2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c,d;
3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,d;
4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b
5. Engage in Professional Growth and leadership c
1. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback;
2. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers;
3. Summarizing & Notetaking;
4. Assigning Homework and Practice