Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Selected to Participate in Illinois’ First-Ever Competency-Based Learning Pilot
April 4, 2017 04:10 PM
State Superintendent of Education, Tony Smith, Ph.D.
© PTHS D209 Administrators
Proviso Township - On Monday, April 3, 2017 the Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Tony Smith, Ph.D., announced Proviso Township High School District 209 (PTHS D209) as one of ten school districts selected to participate in the first cohort of Illinois’ Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program.
The state's Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program is administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In November 2016, there was a call for applications from school districts, serving grades nine through twelve, that outlined a plan to replace course graduation requirements with a competency-based learning and credit system. Jesse J. Rodriguez, Ph.D., superintendent of District 209, who has experienced working with leaders and schools in developing and implementing competency-based education, shared that this approach of teaching and learning aims to assess and advances students to higher levels of inquiry based on their ability to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills.
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, stated, "Proviso East High School believes that competency-based education, working in concert with the College and Career Readiness Academies, will accelerate the process of students demonstrating mastery of a comprehensive set of rigorous and relevant competencies and will better prepare them to enter the postsecondary options of their choice." The plan for competency-based education at Proviso East High School re-defines the educational experience by offering learning pathways that empower and prepare students for meaningful postsecondary and career options.
Superintendent Rodriguez, is honored to have District 209 selected as one of the first schools in the state to pilot competency education. Furthermore, he demonstrated enthusiasm in the opportunity for Proviso East to collaborate with Triton Community College, Northern Illinois University, the Proviso Teacher’s Union, and District 209’s Board of Education as a community of practice with clear and common expectations for all students. Proviso Township High Schools District 209 looks forward to working with all stakeholders as "One Team, One Goal, One Proviso" to ensure the implementation of relevant high school work in PTHS D209.