Competency-based education (CBE) is phase two of Fulton’s implementation of Personalized Learning Environments. We have identified 160 teachers across the district to serve as Learning Architects. These teachers have prioritized the standards and developed vertically aligned learning targets for the 13 courses leading to graduation in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The Fulton County Board of Education supports our mission statement, which states that each child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. To that end, our current continuous achievement framework for advancement allows each child to progress in language arts and math at their appropriate instructional pace and depth, expanding and compacting the curriculum as appropriate. Teachers and students need clarity on the critical learning targets to ensure that each student can move at their appropriate pace while ensuring that gaps in learning do not occur.
Fulton began piloting a standards-based report card in 25 schools in 2007. The standards-based reporting did not fully transition to the implementation of standards-based grading in all schools for several reasons. A primary reason is that the district did not spend the time vertically aligning prioritized standards and developing clear learning targets.
How to best leverage technology to do this work. In Fulton, the Learning and Teaching Department collaborated with the Information Technology Department to build a tool. This tool is something that Learning Architects collaborated on, and from doing so, built the components of our competency-based framework. This tool was built so that the prioritized standards and learning targets can be easily uploaded into future learning and assessment management systems.