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Self-Direction

When students are self-directed, making choices around how, where, and when to access and demonstrate their learning, they are more likely to succeed.  Ongoing assessment helps both the student and the teacher identify where the student is in their progression towards identified learning targets. 

In order to help all students become career and college ready, Rutland Central Supervisory Union is committed to helping every learner meet proficiency in clear learning goals and transfer understanding in a variety of authentic applications.


The purpose of proficiency-based learning is to create self-directed learners by:
  • Enabling students to track their progress by aligning learning with a set of common proficiencies and clarifying what success looks like.
  • Providing accurate, regular feedback to students around their performance toward meeting the proficiencies.
  • Giving students choices around when, where, and how to access and demonstrate their learning of the proficiencies.
*To read about the State of Vermont's explanation of how a proficiency-based system works, check out Vermont's Shift to Proficiency.
*To learn more about proficiency-based learning in the RCSU, check out our Proficiency-Based Learning Guide.  
*For more answers to questions about grading, check out our Proficiency-Based Scoring F.A.Q.  
*For more information on self-directed and proficiency-based learning, check out our Learner-Centered Education website.  
*To hear what RCSU students and staff have to say about proficiency-based learning, check out our videos:


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