The recent implementation of HB 2220 legislation is the latest effort to sway educators to adjust their practices in significant ways. My school has had a fair share of exposure to proficiency-based assessment over the years. Through that exposure, I profoundly changed how I taught and assessed students. Gone were the extra-credit opportunities, they amounted often times to meaningless grade inflation. I threw out deductions for late assignments—I wanted to assess their academic growth, not their ability to hit a deadline.
A good friend of mine recently found himself on a plane with a nuclear physicist from India who had just completed writing a crime novel. Needless to say, my friend engaged in an interesting conversation.