Proficiency Based Teaching and Learning (PBTL)

Up until just a few years ago, nearly every high school in the country used a particular method to determine what and how much students were learning. Scappoose High School is among a growing number of schools which has transitioned to what is known as "Proficiency Based Teaching and Learning" (PBTL). How is it different from traditional methods of assessment? Here's how it breaks down:

Traditional Method of Curriculum and Assessment  

  • Students could pass a class even if they did not master essential skills 
  • Teacher sets instructional pace
  • Behavior, tardies, participation, attendance often reflected in grade
  • Leads to grade inflation (i.e. High Grade Point Average, yet low SAT scores)
  • Considered by some a "teacher-centered" approach
  • Promotes passive learning
  • Credit for a class depended, in large part, upon how much time is spent in the classroom
Proficiency Based Teaching and Learning (PBTL)

  • Passing a class is dependent upon demonstration of mastery of essential skills
  • Instructional pace is determined by demonstration of mastery of skills
  • Grade is comprised almost exclusively upon mastery of skills
  • Aligned to Federal and State Mandates (No Child Left Behind, etc.)
  • Recognizes that students learn and demonstrate mastery of skills at different rates
  • Allows for re-teaching and multiple opportunities for demonstrating mastery
  • Considered by some a "student-centered" approach
  • Promotes Active Learning; students know expected outcomes and standards to be mastered