Collaboratively Developed Complexity-Based Proficiency Scales

Using a proficiency-based model of learning, students & teachers collaboratively design proficiency scales based on cognitive complexity.

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In order for students to engage in learning environments, student voice and choice is necessary... but so are high expectations of performance, learning, and achievement.  Teaching students (and teachers) to design effective and authentic proficiency-scales helps all stakeholders understand the desired effect/outcome of what is to be learned, and thus gives a tangible and authentic goal to be reached.  By setting up a learning environment in this way, students can offer their passions and ideas, while the educational institution can maintain consistent and high quality measurement of learning.  All content areas can be integrated into this process, either separately (as traditional silos) or together.

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

Curiosity comes from the learning environment, not the task itself. To spark curiosity we must make sure the environment supports and nurtures mastery, autonomy, and purpose.
It puts the power of the learning and measurement of expectations into the hands of the users: students and teachers. It's collaborative design, so the goals and expectations are created by the users. This idea is student-centered/focused, using the teacher as a guide/coach/facilitator in the learning process.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • High School (9-12)

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Another visual about our common grading scale, and how we are quantifying it on a 4-point scale.

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