The impact of performance based learning is being felt in classrooms across the country, with many teachers seeing positive results.
At Grand Mesa Middle School, sixth grade teacher Erin Dryanski is excited about numbers that show her classes gaining proficiency. She teaches four classes and they all are at least 10 percent more proficient in language arts and English. One class has grown their proficiency level by 35 percent since the start of the school year.
“We’re really realistic about where they are,” Dryanski said. “This data is posted all over the place. They know they’re not proficient readers or proficient math students, but we’ve kind of taken away that that’s the person you are … it’s just what this test says right now.”
Teachers at Grand Mesa have been tracking student growth and speaking about it openly with the students. They are encouraged by the first results of what they call a journey toward better learning, started by the implementation of performance based learning. Rather than moving forward based on age, students advance when they demonstrate proficiency at levels of English, math, Language arts, social studies, and science.