A "3" is not a "B"

In a proficiency based system, all students must meet all standards and must achieve at the “proficient” level. At TVMHS to perform at and attain proficiency is to achieve at a high level, a level that we can say with confidence that students are college and career ready.

A term that you will hear quite often in a proficiency based system is “Teacher Pace.” This term can be defined as being on track to complete each course’s requirements in the allotted time. For example, a student who completes all the requirements for English 9 in a semester would be said to be working at teacher pace. The advantage of this system is that students who are motivated can complete their PBGR’s more quickly and would have time for enrichment or to demonstrate that they can perform at a level above proficient. For a student who is not on teacher pace it allows us to provide added support and practice so that they too can demonstrate proficiency.

Students will be graded on a 1-4 scale:

1= no evidence of proficiency

2= approaching proficiency

3= proficient*

4= exceeds proficient

It is our expectation that students would sometimes receive grades of 2, particularly as the begin to learn a new skill or are beginning a new class. As students move through their courses, we would expect these 2s to change to 3s, ultimately achieving proficiency in each graduation requirement. We believe that with the supports we are putting in place and the responsiveness that a proficiency based system allows we can avoid students receiving a grade of 1.

*Computed overall course marks of a 2.8 and higher are considered proficient, however, classroom marks will only be assigned by teachers using a 1, 2, 3, or 4.