(Re)Thinking Diplomas to Mirror Mastery

#Whatif diplomas communicated ACTUAL learning versus seat time? #WHYONE diploma option? #AllKidsDeserveThis #LetsBeBetter

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UPDATE 3/28/16: Added a .pdf of the latest presentation/information ("Proficiency Scales and (Re) Thinking Diplomas"), a copy of the Marzano taxonomy that we (@AOS94ME) uses to determine and plan for complexity, and an updated image of the diploma/certification "levels."

UPDATE 3/24/16:

I am in the process of completing a major steps forward with implementing this idea in my local school district: integration of this idea into our local system of data management (PowerSchool and Google Docs) using the microcredential framework.  I am hoping to have this initially completed by the end of the week.


For longer than most of us can remember, the diploma has served as a representation of achievement.  A powerful moment in a persons life admit symbolizes a major achievement.  A diploma is a big deal; no question about it.  But what happens when the diploma becomes marginalized?  When you can't determine from the diploma what the student actually knows and can do?  The transcript becomes the important document; the diploma then becomes more "ceremonial" and "cultural."  It loses its ability to communicate the extent to which a student has learned.  It becomes a catch all for the exceptional as well as those who are moved along.

What if we could change that?

What if we could align the diploma to the transcript, and simply, accurately, and authentically communicate learning while also certifying and credentialing?

To prepare students beyond HS and into college and career, we need to support them in our documentation as well as our pedagogy.  Creating a leveled diploma system that is based off of the three core components of proficiency/mastery (content, complexity, and autonomy) can accomplish this goal.




Also, here's a new (3/23/16) blog post I wrote regarding Badges and proficiency-based learning: http://mattdrewettecard.weebly.com/blog/thin-mints-badges-proficiency-based-learning

Have a doc or slides that you're collaborating in? Link it here.

Standards Document (DRAFT): https://goo.gl/Jdibo1 Leveled Capacity Matrices- ELA (DRAFT): https://goo.gl/q3T5TQ, Math (DRAFT): https://goo.gl/noNnum, Science (DRAFT): https://goo.gl/xjHBGU, Social Studies (DRAFT): https://goo.gl/aFI7K2 Graduation Standards & Complexity Crosswalk: https://goo.gl/I3wxJ4 #tguild Planning Doc for Evolve Phase: https://goo.gl/6U3jrc (ALL welcome to join!) RoseBudThorn: (Re)Thinking Diplomas to Mirror Mastery: https://goo.gl/KpJVcH (ALL welcome to comment)
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MSAd #46 Common Grading Scale.pdf

This is the pilot/first iteration of our common grading scale across our district to align to a growth-mindset approach of grading, while also having a common language of grading. It's important to ensure that a "3" in 5th grade has the same defining characteristics as a "3" in 11th grade, even though the content and complexity will differ.


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I am very excited to be working this idea into our PowerSchool system this week.  I will provide more updates, but I've basically been given the "green light" to push this forward to the next phase, which involves production, revisiting empathy (w/ students, parents, teachers, universities, and employers), and another round of iteration.  I will continue to update this page as the work progresses, but feel free to contact me with any more information.  Exciting times!!!

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Would love to see this idea pan out and how we could tweak it to our schools in India which have a very large number of students. All the best Matthew Drewette-Card 

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Thanks!  I'll keep things posted, either on my Twitter feed (@DrewetteCard) and on my blog (mattdrewettecard.weebly.com)!

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