Competency Based Education

Competency Based Education:

Bridger will implement a competency based pathway to graduation.  A generally accepted definition of a competency based system is one that “creates flexibility by allowing students to progress as they demonstrate proficiency with academic content and skills, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities” (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). 

Specifically, the Bridger Charter Academy includes:

  1. units of credit defined by rigorous competencies, aligned with local, state, and national standards;
  2. advancement upon mastery of rigorous competencies;
  3.  personalized learning plans focused on individual learner growth;
  4.  learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom (e.g. vocational pathways, dual credit opportunities, community outreach, blended learning, etc.);
  5.  flexible scheduling. 

Proficiency, Grading, and Earning Credit:
BCA is based on the belief that competency  in rigorous standards is necessary for success.  Therefore, the staff is committed to helping students demonstrate proficiency in rigorous academic standards, called focus areas, cognitive skills, and mathematical concepts in the Summit Platform. BCA courses will be organized around the standards and student performance will be evaluated using those standards. Students will work toward demonstrating proficiency through personalized learning time and engaging class projects.

Advanced Proficient 




Advanced reasoning or product based on skills and knowledge


Application of skills and knowledge 


Basic skills + basic knowledge


Basic knowledge

must successfully complete all Power Focus Areas and Projects in the course in order to earn credit. Successful completion of  Focus Areas and Projects means earning at least proficient scores at the grade level. At the end of each semester, students will earn credit and letter grades based on the following weighted categories:

BCA English, Social Studies, and Science Courses

20%=Average of

Focus Area Scores

(15% Power Focus Areas + 5% Additional Focus Areas)

80%=Average Cognitive Skill Scores

 from Projects

BCA Math Courses

20%=Average of

Focus Area Scores

(15% Power Focus Areas + 5% Additional Focus Areas)

80%=Average Cognitive Skill Scores

from Concept Units

(10% Cog Skill Projects + 70% Math Units)

If a student  does not meet the criteria by the end of the term,  the student will receive an
incomplete for the semester until he/she completes the remaining standards for the course. (An incomplete grade can be carried forward for 12 additional weeks. If the student does not complete the course requirements at that time, the grade will become an F on the transcript.)

Grade Conversion:

Traditional Score Range %

Traditional Grade


A ( Advanced Proficient)

The student demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the material by completing advanced applications of the material.


A-  (Proficient Plus)

In addition to mastering the complex, targeted knowledge and skills, the student has partial success with more complex content.


B (Proficient)

The student has mastered the complex, targeted knowledge and skills.


C+ (Developing Plus)

There are no major errors or omissions regarding the less complex content & the student has partial success with the complex knowledge and skills.


C (Developing)

The student understands the foundational material that supports the targeted learning, but is still working to master the complex material.


D (Emerging)

The student is able to demonstrate an understanding of the foundational material with help from the teacher, but still struggles when working independently.

A student cannot finish a course “early” without having completed 100% of the Focus Areas and Projects at proficient or better.

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