• proficiency-Based Grading 

    The Central Bucks School District believes achievement occurs through clearly defined standards and authentic learning opportunities that allow students to demonstrate what they know and can do with that knowledge.  Our district strives to provide accurate, meaningful and timely feedback to both students and parents throughout the learning process.

    Proficiency-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of proficiency-based grading is to identify what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to those learning targets, as opposed to simply averaging grades/scores over the course of the grading period, which can mask what a student has learned or not learned.  Factors like behavior, attendance and other compliance-based measures are not included in grade calculation; rather, proficiency-based grading focuses on long-term retention of knowledge, the science of learning, the provision of high-quality feedback, and mastery of course content.


  • overview

    • What are the benefits of proficiency-based learning?
    • What does the research say about proficiency-based learning?
    • What is the difference between proficiency-based and traditional grading?  
    • How do I understand my child's gradebook?