In presenting information about PBE, a comment was made to the effect of — “I used to know how my child was doing when I saw the grade [on an assignment or test].”
In a traditional education setting, the image here might be a “quiz” and the score would probably be 80% meaning the student had two wrong and eight correct out of ten problems. This is a fairly straight forward example.
How about if we take an essay —
This score is just what we parents love to see — our child is doing well! But, as a PBE educator, I would ask you — “In what is your child doing well? What is being graded here? The overall writing? Format? Ability to revise?
In PBE, the learning for students is broken down. Here’s the process —
- Standards are created for all subject areas.
- Teachers teach the standards.
- The standard is broken down into the learning steps .
- The learning steps target exactly the skills, knowledge, or processes that a student needs to learn, or master, or achieve.
- Teachers teach the learning steps (called learning targets), create assignments, practice sheets, homework, and assessments for each learning target. Students complete the work and teachers offer feedback to improve student achievement. Students revise until they demonstrate the learning, master the skill, or understand the process.
The Tenets of PBE
This post illustrates several of the tenets of PBE
- Clearly articulated learning goals (reporting standards > learning targets).
- Use of formative assessments to inform teaching and learning.
- The ability to revise and submit until the learning is solid.