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Competency Based Education in Raymond Schools
Submitted By Tina H.McCoy, Ed.D. – Superintendent of Schools   4-27-18

What will Competency Based Education look like in Raymond?

Every school system should be a unique reflection of the community in which it is situated. Therefore, while there are many interesting and useful trends in the field of Education, it is up to us to decide how we can improve in ways that stay in tune with the values and aspirations of stakeholders in Raymond.

The purpose of competency based education is to better prepare our students for success in future schooling and, most importantly, in life. The purpose of competency based grading is to provide more accurate and meaningful information to parents, more actionable feedback to students, and provide increased personalized learning. In the previous school year, teachers in our District determined what competencies are most important for students in each grade, content areas,and/or course.

This year, teachers across our District continue to collaborate to make sure all of the competencies align properly to ensure an appropriate flow (steady scaffolding) of skills, knowledge, and dispositions for students as they move through our school system. Next year, some notable improvements will be underway that will strengthen the educational experiences of all of our students. Highlights are:

Given all these improvements, it’s easy to envision drastic changes in our District. However, the shift to competency based education in Raymond has been purposefully planned to be gradual, and some things will not change at all. A few examples are:

The practices and report cards developed at each school have been carefully planned to ensure a developmentally appropriate and consistent flow of curriculum, instruction and assessment as students move through our entire school system. Our schools are all moving in the same direction, but each school has leeway to adjust to the appropriately meet the needs of students at each developmental stage (elementary, middle and high school).

To learn more about the specifics of what is planned at each school, please attend one of our important Parent Forums (also open to interested members of the public). At these forums, Principals will show examples of the new report card format and highlight for parents what will change and what will remain the same in relation to educational and grading practices for the upcoming school year.

May 3rd– Lamprey River Elementary School – 6:00-7:30 PM
May 14th– Iber Holmes Gove Middle School – 6:00-7:30 PM
May 21st– Raymond High School – time – 6:00-7:30 PM

If you are apprehensive about the changes that are planned for next year, or just want to learn more about our transition to competency based education, please attend one or all of these important forums. Change can be challenging, but it is also necessary for our school system to move forward. We need your support to focus on meaningful and sustainable improvements in the Raymond School System. We hope to see you at our May forums.



























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