Design pillars are used among all RBL sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each site’s student experience is based. The Birdville design pillars are: Flexible Instructional Groupings, Data-Driven Instruction (DDI), Student Agency/Data Transparency, Rigor and Relevance, and Competency-Based Learning.
Through Flexible Instructional Grouping the district is using several instructional arrangements based on student mastery and progress data (e.g., small group, whole group, partner, 1:1) to improve student performance. This approach fosters personalized instruction, enhances peer collaboration, increases engagement, and increases accountability through group learning.
The district’s second pillar of Data-Driven Instruction is a systematic approach to assessing, analyzing, and acting on student progress throughout the year. This method supports flexible, personalized instruction that uses data to develop purposeful progression for students.
Student Agency refers to the level of control, autonomy, and power that learners have in their educational experiences. To foster choice and encourage ownership, many pilot teachers introduced classroom strategies to help students become responsible for more aspects of the learning process, monitor their progress, and set learning goals
The pillar of Rigor and Relevance refers to students having the competence to think in complex ways and apply knowledge and skills they have acquired.
The final pillar of Competency-Based Learning includes systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they are meeting learning expectations based on key academic milestones.
To learn more about the demonstration sites’ areas of progress and challenges, as well as how they define and track success, explore the Year 1 Implementation Report report from FSG.