ILBAA – High School Competency Assessments

For the purpose of assessing high school course work through student demonstration of course competencies, the following definitions are established:

Course Level Competency: a statement of an essential understanding and/or skill that must be learned at a proficiency or mastery level.

Performance-Based Assessment: a process by which a student demonstrates learning of course competencies at a proficiency or mastery level.

Proficiency/Mastery: the level of evidence acceptable as a demonstration of student learning relative to course competencies.

Course credit will be awarded through demonstration at a proficiency/mastery level of a student’s learning the essential knowledge/skills (competencies) in a given course. Such credit may be used to fulfill prerequisites for other courses. However, credit will not be given for a course in a subject area lower in sequence than one for which the student has already earned credit.

A student’s academic grade in a course will be factored into that student’s grade point average.

Students who are involved in an approved Extended Learning Opportunity to satisfy course requirements in whole or in part shall demonstrate proficiency/mastery through a method or methods approved by a highly qualified instructor. Competency assessments will be selected, conducted, and reviewed by a highly qualified instructor in conjunction with the provisions of
Policy ILBA.

Assessments shall be aligned with clearly defined educational standards that specify what students should know and be able to do. The assessment items and tasks shall be valid and appropriate representations of the competencies students are expected to learn. Assessment standards, procedures, and uses shall be equitable for all students.

Legal Reference:

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section ED. 306.27(d), Mastery of Required Competencies

See Also: ILBA

1st Reading: October 28, 2008
2nd Reading: December 2, 2008
Adopted: December 2, 2008