A recent trend in K12 education is to shift away from credit hours, GPA’s and grades to transcripts that provide more comprehensive, qualitative feedback on students. Although competency-based education is in its infancy, more research is being done to determine the best method for implementation.
Below is an article from edutopia.org that describes the details of a competency-based education, including the concerns and challenges on how this new methodology might benefit students over the traditional way of assessing students. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to partner with you to determine the best way to measure the skills of your students.
Source: edutopia.org | Re-Post SpendBridge 2/1/2018
A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces—from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices—the ubiquitous one-page high school transcript lined with A–F letter grades may soon be a relic of the past.
In the last decade, at least 15 state legislatures and boards of education have adopted policies incentivizing their public schools to prioritize measures other than grades when assessing students’ skills and competencies. And more recently, over 150 of the top private high schools in the U.S., including Phillips Exeter and Dalton—storied institutions which have long relied on the status conveyed by student ranking—have pledged to shift to new transcripts that provide more comprehensive, qualitative feedback on students while ruling out any mention of credit hours, GPAs, or A–F grades.
Somewhat independently, schools and lawmakers have come to the same conclusion: The old models of student assessment are out of step with the needs of the 21st-century workplace and society, with their emphasis on hard-to-measure skills such as creativity, problem-solving, persistence, and collaboration.