Augmenting Grades with Competencies: Examples from the Surrey Portfolio Pathway Partnership


  • David Patrick Burns Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Anya Goldin Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Allison Gonzalez Biagi Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Natasha Lopes Kwantlen Polytechnic University


postsecondary admission, competency, postsecondary transition


This paper argues that schools should, in future, report student success not only through grading but also through the mapping of student competencies. It begins with a brief summary of the related changes taking place in several Canadian provinces, the problems they (and competency-based education in general) are responding to, and the nature of competency-based education [CBE] itself. After this background is established we discuss a partnership program in which we developed, with the help of secondary students, a set of example artifacts that show some of the potential of competency-based education.