In March of 2020, Granite School District surveyed all current Proficiency-Based Learning (PBL) teachers using the district’s PBL Gradebook program. The results of the survey were used to refine PBL practice throughout the district.
Based on recommendations from PBL teacher focus groups and input from district-wide stakeholders, two significant changes to Granite’s PBL practice will begin with the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, adjustments to existing PBL resources and tools are a focused priority for district personnel this year.
Change #1: Number of Required Assessments
Teachers now have the flexibility to determine the number of assessments required for each standard. They are encouraged to collaborate with their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to identify KEY standards and determine the evidence needed to determine student proficiency.
Proficiency scores for individual standards will be generated when the first assessment score is entered into the gradebook and the overall grade will begin calculating.
Change #2: RECENCY Replaces Decaying Average
The calculation method for determining proficiency scores on a standard will change to RECENCY. The most recent evidence of student learning will determine the proficiency score on a standard and will calculate into the overall grade. All assessments and their scores will show up in the gradebook, but the most recent score will generate the proficiency score for the standard and calculate into the overall score (K-8) or grade (9-12) for the course.
RECENCY favors students by not penalizing them for early learning attempts. Instead, this method focuses on learning as a process that often includes slow starts. Students shouldn’t be penalized while they are learning and grappling with new ideas and information. Recency places the greatest value on the most recent evidence of learning, which gives teachers and parents a better understanding of what students know and can do on specific standards at a given time.