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Proficiency Based Learning

According to the Vermont Agency of Education paper titled: Why is proficiency-based learning important?, "A critical goal for proficiency-based learning is the elimination of persistent achievement and opportunity gaps. Proficiency-based learning can provide equitable, relevant, and rigorous learning opportunities that engage all students and foster the skills, knowledge, and habits of work necessary to be successful in the 21st century." 

A proficiency-based system reflects on standards to accurately identify a student's proficiency on those standards. This allows teachers to measure what a student is able to do, in relation to the content standards, to determine proficiency. 

Personalized Learning

According to the Vermont Agency of Education, "Personalization is 'a learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others in challenging tasks, maintain a record of explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides' (National Association of Secondary School Principals)." 

Proficiency-Based Learning provides the perfect foundation, upon which students can plan and build their educational pathway, thus ensuring they are college and career ready.

This iNACOL report details Vermont’s Comprehensive Statewide Policy Approach. According to the report, "Vermont has pursued the most comprehensive statewide policy approach to personalized, proficiency-based learning, integrating multiple policies together into a coordinated system."

Please read this Vermont Agency of Education report titled, The Relationship Between Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Personalized Learning Plans (PLP's), and Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) to learn more.