Frequently Asked Questions

What is the state requirement for CBE?
Per the State of NH, high schools are required to have competencies written and posted for classes.  ORHS is compliant with this requirement.
Will credit earning be impacted by CBE?
The state of NH requires high school students to acquire credits in different subject matter, ORHS complies with all state requirements.  ORHS requires more credits then the state minimum.
Does homework still count in CBE?
Homework is a formative assessment that allows for the teacher and student to guide learning and is highly valued.  Formative assessments are individualized allowing for further student success and decreases “busy work” that causes stress and anxiety.  The work students complete prior to a summative (a cumulative assessment of student mastery) is valued, assessed, and reported. If it’s essential for success, teachers work with students to ensure that they have opportunities to practice skills and apply knowledge.
How does CBE enhance traditional elements of education?
With a CBE model at ORHS and ORMS students will still attend subject based classes.  However, CBE allows for students to extend this learning and challenge themselves outside of the “traditional” setting with experiences such as ELO’s, interdisciplinary studies and travel learning.
How does CBE enhance the ORCSD values surrounding student individualization and personalization?
CBE has expanded how teachers can personalize instruction and assessment; in the feedback, revision, and reassessment process students and teachers consult more frequently to discuss what an individual student needs to be successful. CBE allows for students to extend this learning and challenge themselves outside of the traditional setting with experiences such as ELO’s, interdisciplinary studies and travel learning. 
Can CBE work in a system that uses traditional grading?
CBE encompasses curriculum, instruction and assessment practices.  Many schools have transformed their grading and reporting practices to hybrid models.  Hybrid models often include “traditional grades”.
How does a CBE environment motivate students?
In a competency-based learning environment student are aware of the goals of their learning and “take ownership” of their pathway.  Students can learn at their own pace.
How will CBE be evaluated?
Faculty are continually assessing their curriculum, instruction and assessment practices.   Just as in a “traditional” model of education faculty are evaluating and updating curriculum, instruction and assessment based on student learning.