In 2007, Lindsay Unified School District launched a district-wide plan to roll out competency-based/performance-based learning. This means that students now progress through competencies at their own pace, only moving on when they demonstrate mastery.
At Lindsay High School, student proficiency isn't recorded in the conventional letter grade system. Now, students are graded by level of proficiency in each learning objective on a scale of one to four, where 3 is proficient and four represents mastery.
Students are empowered to drive their learning by getting the choice into the level of mastery for each objective. Students are required to show proficiency (scoring a 3 on the rubric) or challenge themselves and show advanced knowledge by working toward a 4.
If a student chooses to show advanced knowledge, they can choose from a variety of tasks to do so, often involving more complex content, applying knowledge to a complex task, or teaching the content to others as a learner coach.
Grade Level: High school (can be scaffolded for younger students)
Content Area: ELA (can be applied to any content area)