Proficiency Scales are the ultimate Standards Based Grading tool! They don't just motivate a Growth Mindset, they define how students can demonstrate mastery. Every learning standard is broken down into 4 levels of Differentiation. Also known as a scaffolding for learning.These Assessments lead students up a progressive learning path that mirrors the way they develop concepts. Aligned to Bloom’s or Marzano’s Taxonomy of cognitive skills. From easiest-hardest: (Recall/Retrieval, Comprehension, Analysis/Application, and Knowledge Utilization/Synthesis).
4. Level 4 indicates an advanced knowledge of the skill.
3. Level 3 represents proficiency in each math standard. see the stars*
2. Level 2 will include content from the previous grade level and new vocabulary that must be applied correctly for mastery of level 3.
1. Level 1 will either be derived from sub-skills of the standard, or from the background knowledge of earlier grade levels.
Students review EASY learning goals from previous grade levels in sections, “Levels” 1 and 2. These first two levels set them up to see simple examples of the connections between what they know, and what they must do this year. “Level” 3, or section 3, includes questions they should master this year. “Level” 4 includes optional enrichment tasks for your gifted and talented thinkers.
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How to Use these Assessments:
1. Print the standards you are currently planning to teach.
(Tasks for Levels 1 -4 fit on a single sheet of paper, two-sided.)
2. You may briefly review the standard and levels 1, 2, and 3 (in that order) so your students can access prior knowledge and pre-assess themselves. OR give it cold and see how they do as a pre-assessment.
3. Correct the pre-assessment, and share students’ results with them. Emphasize that this is NOT for a grade, but just to identify a starting place.
4. Use their scores to plan instruction, practice, review, small groups, or homework for your levels. (Sometimes I combine 3-4 and 1-2, so there are only two groups to differentiate for.)
5. Use the SAME Assessment sheet as a post-test!
Students will see their progress concretely! They should be allowed to correct old mistakes, and complete as many levels as possible to show mastery.
6. Record their final level in your gradebook.
7. Save the assessment in a portfolio folder to document student progress.
These are handy for parent conferences and teacher evaluations.
This document includes a detailed ANSWER KEY with numerical solutions, as well as sample answers for written explanations.
*The EDITABLE features of this pdf (Learning Goals Statements and problems in LEVELS 3 and 4 ONLY) are still accessible when you download it. Any pages you revise will need to be saved and uploaded into your digital classroom. Just take a screen shot and upload as in image into your digital classroom. You can also save your own "revised" versions on your own private computer for uploading into digital classrooms.
Visit my blog for examples of student work, explanations, and tips on grading the assessment using the 4-point scale.
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