A new grading system is coming to report cards in Concord New Hampshire schools, as competency based instruction focuses on proficiency, not numerical averages.
At Rundlett Middle School, there will be a different type of report card at the end of the quarter. Many New Hampshire districts are switching to competency based education focusing more on proficiency than averages. Students are to demonstrate what they know and get credit for it,
Subject are broken down into learning goals, also known as competencies, for students to master.
Students need to show that they have mastered one skill before they can move on to the next. They can retake tests if they don’t get the competency the first time, and they cannot move forward until they have mastered it.
Assistant superintendent for the Concord school district Donna Palley explained the concept of how the grading will work. “If you went to the doctor and the doctor said that we’re going to take your weight, your blood pressure, your temperature, and average them out together for your ‘health score’ that wouldn’t really be that useful for you.” Instead, the new report card shows individual competencies and mastery levels.