Understanding Competency Education & Evolving Grading Practices
Are competencies and standards the same? How do you assess competencies? Why do we create rubrics and convert them to points? Should measurement of learning be punitive? In this session, we will dive deep into these questions by providing an alternative approach to traditional grading. Through a series of activities, participants will engage with the Learning What Matters competency model and leave the session with a fresh perspective on how three PA urban district schools assess students.
We are a network of schools in PA, ID, CO, and SC. We have two lab schools that we currently operate in Philadelphia and Allentown, PA. Our lab schools are 9-12 non-criteria public district schools. Our Philadelphia school is 400 students (100% receive free or reduced lunch). Our Allentown school is about 500 students (80% receive free or reduced lunch.
We have 6 affiliate schools with a total of 3000 students. All schools are non-criteria.