Demonstrating competency when ready

Offer learners opportunities to gauge and discuss their readiness for demonstrating competency
Example: A teacher offers learners “Checks for Understanding” throughout a unit, where learners can self-assess on how much they understand so far. They then discuss with a partner what they know and what they need to go back and learn some more.

Allow learners flexible, ongoing and repeated opportunities to demonstrate competency
Example: A teacher creates a system so if learners don’t “pass” on an attempt, they may go back, learn and practice the content in different ways, and attempt the assessment again when ready.

Provide learners with on-demand access to assessments
Example: A teacher “flips” the classroom and learners are given assessment options to choose from when they feel ready.

Coach learners to self-reflect on their level of competency
Example: A teacher has his learners rate their perceived level of mastery in their journals on a daily basis to build self-awareness.

Model strategies for learners to confirm their level of competency prior to formal assessments
Example: A teacher creates a system of “peer-teacher-pretest” in which learners teach another learner a topic and determine, through that experience, if they are ready for a formal assessment.