How is My Child Doing? Part 1.

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].”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 — essay sample

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 —

  1. Standards are created for all subject areas.
  2. Teachers teach the standards.  
  3. The standard is broken down into the learning steps .
  4. The learning steps target exactly the skills, knowledge, or processes that a student needs to learn, or master, or achieve. 
  5. 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.



Blog Post — Family First

Is it odd that the first blog post on this new director of curriculum/instruction /assessment blog is about family rather than work?  Not if you know me; family is my first priority, and I have lots of family.  Thank goodness.

I have two grown married children and each one has two children; yes, that means I have four grandchildren — three girls and one boy.  They range in age from three and a half months to seven.  My youngest makes an appearance on this website in my About pic.  Here are the othersIMG_1975

Now here’s the part that where it gets really 21st Century.  I also have an 11-year old and a 12-year old at home.  Yes, really.  My husband and I were lucky enough and worked really hard to foster > adopt both of our children. The KidsAnd, there’s the Doodle, too.  Her name is Embden as in Embden Pond, because we wanted to name her after something we all love, and we love our camp on Embden Pond.  She is one year old, so bouncy enough to still be a whole lotta fun but has enough skills that she is okay to take out in public — most of the time.

Well, that’s my family.  And, I must say that if they need me, I am there.  The nice thing about that is if your family needs you, I completely understand and will urge you to go be with them, too.