How do portfolios translate to credits?
Not all schools and districts can replace traditional credits with competency-based portfolios; There still needs to be a conversion. In this model, each portfolio and competency area converts to a traditional credit upon completion. Another way to think about this is that the portfolio replaces the traditional academic year and the competency area replaces the traditional seat-time course.
For example, high school is typically four years and each core subject area is typically made of four credits. You would then set up a 4-portfolio model with competency areas like ELA, MATH, SCI, and SS. If you complete your first portfolio of ELA, you might get an English 1 credit. If you complete your third portfolio for SCI you would get an Integrated Science 3 credit.
At Building 21, we refer to this as:
PORTFOLIO = CREDIT
In this model, we think of electives a bit differently. Instead of crediting electives through experiences like Engineering, Creative Writing, and Psychology, these experiences are vehicles for students to demonstrate NGE and HOS competencies. Successful completion of the requirements of these experiences are tracked in WF. Typically, there is a culminating task or project and if a student completes it, they will earn their WF requirement.