This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Sept. 20 in the Bennington Banner.
SHAFTSBURY — “Our educational system is shifting in a really exciting way.”
That’s how Laura Boudreau, assistant superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, described the supervisory union’s shift to new practices at a parent meeting at Shaftsbury Elementary School Tuesday night on proficiency-based learning and how it is being implemented through the SVSU.
The meeting was the first of multiple forums scheduled this fall on proficiency-based learning — a requirement of Act 77, the state’s Flexible Pathways Initiative, which requires schools to personalize students’ educational experiences.
At recent school board meetings, parents and students alike have raised concerns about the Act’s requirements, with some saying they hadn’t gotten clear answers about the upcoming transitions.
“It’s all about measuring a child based on a standard, and it’s all about collecting evidence,” Boudreau said of the Act to the group of about nine attendees.
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