Above is a competency chart I created using bubbl.us. In this chart I will be using US History Standard 9 which covers a large portion of the Civil War. There are four substandards for this standard. I have included four assessments for this competency chart. As such I have decided that a student should obtain a minimum score of 70% on three out of four of the assessments. In other words, a student must obtain a minimum score of 70% on 75% of the assessments.
A 70% or better on the unit’s pretest would demonstrate a great awareness of the subject matter and likely correlate to competency in most other assessments. The use of a project helps to differentiate the assessments, however it does not correlate with all substandards. As such a 75% competency would be used. One concern I have with this model is the lack of differentiated assessments. If a student does not test well then would their competency rate be justifiably demonstrated using this method?
I had intended to include a fifth assessment, Civil War Battles Chart, to demonstrate understanding of SSUSH9: C and D. However this would break from my 75% rate I was aiming for. In my opinion, I could still add that fifth assessment and keep the 75% rate while having students be competent in three out of four assessments chosen with one being the unit test.
Overall, this was an interesting concept and something I had to take time to develop. Hopefully, I have demonstrated an understanding of the concept to be competent myself…