April 11, 2018 Board Workshop on Proficiency

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! As you know, our ninth-grade students are expected to be the first class to graduate with proficiency-based diplomas. The State continues to work on the proposed amendment to the statute. I just found out late yesterday that the Governor may be submitting a bill to replace the current statute. As far as I know, the content of that bill has not been released to the public in order to compare it to the current statute. When the Education Committee met yesterday, they tabled their discussion on proficiency-based education until their next meeting.

We are currently compiling feedback from parents, students, and staff about how the new grading system is going at the high school. At the April 11th Board workshop at Pownal Elementary School, we will share the results with the Board, give a brief overview of implementation of PBE in RSU5, and make recommendations for going forward.

March 28, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! As you know, our ninth-grade students are expected to be the first class to graduate with proficiency-based diplomas. The State continues to work on the proposed amendment to the statute. I just found out late yesterday that the Governor may be submitting a bill to replace the current statute. As far as I know, the content of that bill has not been released to the public in order to compare it to the current statute. When the Education Committee met yesterday, they tabled their discussion on proficiency-based education until their next meeting.

We are currently compiling feedback from parents, students, and staff about how the new grading system is going at the high school. At the April 11th Board workshop at Pownal Elementary School, we will share the results with the Board, give a brief overview of implementation of PBE in RSU5, and make recommendations for going forward. At that time, the Board will decide whether to vote to amend the existing grading policy or whether to ask for further data to be gathered.  At that Board workshop, there will be an opportunity for Board and parents to ask questions, give input, and have more of an open dialogue which is not the case when an update is being given to the Board. We encourage you to attend this meeting if you have questions or concerns or just want to better understand proficiency-based education.

No matter what direction we choose, we will continue to offer opportunities for ongoing feedback around proficiency. I was recently informed that not everyone received my previous letter around proficiency, so I am attaching it again for those of you who did not receive it.

We will continue to reflect and refine our proficiency-based practices to ensure that more and more students leave FHS college and career ready.

If you are unable to attend the Board meeting on April 11 at Pownal Elementary (587 Elmwood Rd.) at 6:30 p.m., please tune in from your home. The livestream of all Board meetings is available by going to the RSU website at www.rsu5.org

Sincerely,
Dr. Becky Foley
Superintendent RSU5
foleyb@rsu5.org
865-0928

 

March 11, 2018 Letter Regarding Proficiency Grading at FHS





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