What is Proficiency Based Learning?
Proficiency Based Learning (PBL) is a system of instruction and assessment based on students' mastery of the skills and content they are expected to learn before they progress to the next lesson, grade level, or graduation.
A proficiency based learning model is intended to raise academic expectations for all students, provide a more authentic way to assess and document student growth, and provide a more individualized education for each student. The document “BUHS Ten Guiding Principles of Proficiency” provides an overview of the important components of a proficiency based system. This document can be found below.
As students progress through their coursework, they will develop proficiency in a set of transferable skills. BUHS transferable skills required for graduation beginning with the class of 2020 include: Clear and Effective Communication, Self-Direction, Creative and Practical Problem Solving, Responsible and Involved Citizenship, and Informed and Integrative Thinking. These transferable skills will help ensure a successful transition for our students after graduation.
Beginning in the Fall of 2018, BUHS will use a traditional numerical grading system and this will be reported on reports cards and transcripts. In addition, each course at BUHS will identify three to five critical indicators that will be assessed using the following rubric scoring guide.
Students are required to score Proficient or Exemplary in these critical indicators in order to be granted credit for the course.
Proficiency-Based Learning with UP for Learning
UP for Learning is pleased to share with you a new student narrated animation video to help explain the basics of proficiency-based learning. This resource was generated by the Communicating School Redesign initiative to help schools around the state build public understanding and support for school change.