Competency-Based Education Software for K–12 Schools

Watch this quick video to see how the competency-based education (CBE) features in Blackbaud Learning Management SystemTM help create positive learning outcomes. The video covers the CBE software functionality for K–12 private schools from the student, teacher, and administrative perspective, highlighting:

  • How students receive meaningful feedback and follow their learning progression
  • Teachers ability to choose between creating a traditional total score assignment, a mastery assignment, or a hybrid
  • The admin ability to enable total scores only, mastery only, or a hybrid of both for each school level

CBE Transcript

Hello, I'm Jackie Christensen and I'm a product manager at Blackbaud. I'm excited to share with you our competency-based education features now available in our learning management solution.

The rapid adoption of distance learning has highlighted the need for students to have clear direction on what they are expected to learn in each class. We all know that meaningful feedback is critical to positive student learning outcomes, and with the competency-based education features in Blackbaud Learning Management System, teachers now have the digital tools to effectively assess a student's mastery of skills on daily work through the assignments, providing on-demand and personal feedback on students' strengths, as well as opportunities for growth.

Let’s first take a look at the student experience. We’re currently logged in as Leo, a ninth-grader. Leo is viewing his Learning Progression tab which is showing him his progress on the skills he’s been assessed on so far in his Biology class. Leo can quickly see his status for each skill.

For example, he’s been assessed on generating a testable question and is currently at a beginning level. If Leo clicks on the skill he can drill down and see the specific formative and summative assignments that have given him an opportunity to show mastery on this skill. You’ll notice that his teacher is providing very specific feedback on steps Leo can take to continue to grow academically.  
 
Leo can review the content area skills for each subject. If he scrolls down you’ll see that Leo’s school also assesses on transferable skills or skills that span subject areas, such as analyzing resources and research.  

Teachers, advisors, and parents can all access the Learning Progression report so that everyone has a firm understanding of Leo's strengths and areas for growth.

If we jump over to the teacher's view, we’ll see that teachers can easily associate multiple skills with an assignment. Skills are managed centrally to ensure consistency. All teachers of a course are assessing on the same skill across all classes. You’ll see that the system knows which content area skills have been tied to this course, so a teacher simply does a quick search on this pre-filtered list. Teachers can also associate transferable skills.  
 
Blackbaud has built our competency-based education features to be highly customizable and flexible. In this setup, teachers can choose to create a traditional total score assignment, a mastery assignment, or a hybrid, which supports both assessment frameworks.  

Teachers will have two ways to assess student work. Here, Mr. Abelle has clicked on the assignment title and can evaluate and add comments for each skill assessed from the detail page. The rating scale and labels are centrally managed to ensure consistency for students and parents reviewing the feedback.  

Teachers may prefer to assess from Blackbaud’s robust gradebook, which shows the whole roster, all assignments, and all skills being assessed from one view. Teachers can simply use the dropdown to provide a rating on a skill and double click if they want to leave a comment.  
 
Teachers also benefit from all the other features of the gradebook, including tracking submitted, missing, or late work.  

Let’s check out one last experience—the admin view.  

Academic Managers can choose whether they are enabling total scores only, mastery only, or a hybrid of both for each school level. So your Lower School could be mastery only and Upper School can support both frameworks, thus providing meaningful feedback on skill acquisition while still producing traditional transcripts with GPA’s for college admissions.  

Here, admins can customize the labels, ratings, and computation methods to align with the school’s specific frameworks and philosophies. 

You’ll also notice these tasks allow admins to centralize the management of skills to ensure data health and consistency, and minimize the setup burden for teachers. Admins can easily get started using our DIY Competency-Based Education imports.

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