This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Oct. 17 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union may reconsider aspects of proficiency-based learning as a result of feedback from several concerned parents at a community meeting Tuesday night, officials say.
“We haven’t had time to really get together and talk about that,” said Derek Carson, public information coordinator for the SVSU, when reached Wednesday morning. “We’ll certainly look at that as a possibility.”
A group of about 40 parents and community members attended the meeting at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, which included four 15-minute sessions designed to answer the most common community questions surrounding proficiency-based learning. The catalyst for the event was a packed Mount Anthony Union School District Education Committee meeting in June, where parents and students alike said they hadn’t received clear answers about changes related to proficiency-based learning.
But even after the sessions Tuesday night, some parents complained, saying their questions still weren’t answered.
Many parents expressed concerns about the four-point grading system at the kindergarten through eighth-grade level, with some calling it confusing and counter-productive.
Students are graded on a four point scale, going from 1 — beginning toward the standard “at this time,” to progressing to a 2, to meeting the standard at 3, to excelling at the standard at 4.
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