The Melrose Public Schools will hold a public forum on December 3, 2015 in the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to provide the community with information regarding the Superintendent’s proposal that the district consider adopting Competency Based Learning as the district’s educational model.
Competency Based Learning is also called proficiency based learning, performance based learning, or mastery based learning. Competency based learning is an educational methodology that is student centered and focuses on mastering specific content and skills rather than completing course work over a specific period of time. Based in the standards, such as the Massachusetts Frameworks, competency based learning requires students to apply their content knowledge and acquired skills to other subjects and authentic problems. Students are expected to think critically, solve problems, and be responsible and collaborative. The goal of competency based learning is to produce high achievement for all students across abilities and interests.
Please join us on December 3rd for a brief presentation by the Superintendent followed by questions and answers. The School Committee will continue the discussion at their December 8 meeting to determine if the district will create a Task Force to research and propose an action plan for implementation of competency based learning in the Melrose Public Schools.