Online Learning Update

January 29, 2014

New Report Guides Redesign of Grading for Competency Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Schools that have or are planning to adopt competency-based learning have access to a new report that offers guidance in how to assess student progress. In 42 pages “Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education” walks educators through the process of redesigning their grading practices from one that uses simple letter or number grades to determine whether somebody has passed the class to one that communicates learning progressions in a more nuanced fashion. Competency learning, also known as proficiency-, performance-, or mastery-based education, shifts the focus of instruction away from a time-based system and to a more personalized model. Students move onto new content only after they prove mastery in the current content. As a result, in the classroom each student moves through the subject at a unique pace.

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