A newsletter from Stowe Elementary School

PO Box 760, 254 Park Street, Stowe, VT 05672 USA
P: 802­.253.­4154 F: 802.­253.­6915 W: www.stoweschoolsvt.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Road to Proficiency at Stowe Elementary School


An important message follows from Lamoille South Supervisory Union regarding ongoing communication about Proficiency-based Learning. Proficiency fact sheets will be available at November parent/teacher conferences and through these convenient links:  Vermont's Shift Toward Proficiency and The Road to Proficiency in our Schools.  

As you explore the PBL website, we invite you to ask questions and share your concerns or ideas.  We are eager to communicate our new learning with you as we begin to implement the foundational aspects of proficiency-based learning at SES.  

Marty Lacasse

Welcome to the start of our monthly communication for personalized and proficiency-based learning in our schools. We know you have a lot of questions as we work toward implementation of proficiency-based assessments in our schools by the start of the 2017/18 school year.

As a start, we are pleased to announce some new tools:

  • Go to the PBL Website for detailed information regarding the what, why and how of proficiency-based learning, FAQ's, and additional resources.
  • Proficiency FACT sheet will be available at November parent-teacher conferences.
  • Monthly updates and information through this newsletter.
There are several things to keep in mind as we embark on The Road to Proficiency:
  • While development of proficiency assessment and grading is a work in progress, student learning and academic rigor will remain constant.
  • Teachers are at different places with their development of proficiency assessment tools and learning scales, but your children will start to see proficiency scales introduced in their classrooms.
  • While Act 77 requires us to move to a proficiency-based learning system, it is also designed to be flexible and allow us to implement in ways that meet the needs of all our students, teachers, and schools.
Looking back, we realize we missed an opportunity to share our progress along the way and keep you more informed. Going forward, as we implement the new tools for learning in the classroom, we will continue to provide information and updates, and invite you to speak with us along the way.