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A Handbook for Developing and Using Proficiency Scales in the Classroom

A Handbook for Developing and Using Proficiency Scales in the Classroom

Foreword by:
Robert J. Marzano
Publisher: Marzano Resources
Publication date: October 2, 2019

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Discover a clear path for creating and utilizing high-quality proficiency scales. Through this practical handbook, you will gain access to a comprehensive toolkit of strategies, methods, and proficiency scale examples for a variety of content areas and grade levels. The author also outlines an array of accommodations and modifications to support students with disabilities, English learners, and gifted and talented students.


  • Understand how to create and use proficiency scales to clearly frame classroom instruction and assessments for academic success.
  • Learn how to write high-quality proficiency scales and review how to enrich student learning opportunities towards proficiency development.
  • Recognize the various ways teachers, students, and parents can use proficiency scales to achieve learning goals.
  • Access rubrics, criteria checklists, example goals, and pacing guides that you can use in concert with proficiency scales to provide valuable, meaningful feedback to students.

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Product Code: BKL045

ISBN: 9781943360277

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“As schools continue to evolve into the future, personalizing the educational experience for all kids stands as a moral imperative. As such, the emphasis on proficiency scales is an important, foundational piece in the school reform discussion. This book provides a concise description of the reasons scales are so necessary, as well as effective means to create and use them in classrooms. This invaluable resource provides a useful and commonsense approach to a critical area of need in every one of our schools.”

Mike Ruyle, Educational Consultant and Author, Leading the Evolution

“This book is a comprehensive resource for teachers who are beginning to create proficiency scales. The author provides a straightforward framework that makes this challenging aspect of curriculum development much more manageable. A solid resource for any educator.”

Anthony R. Reibel, Director of Assessment, Research & Evaluation, Adlai E. Stevenson High School

“This book is a treasure trove of ideas! The insights are clear and the tools are very practical. This book is a perfect companion for any teacher who wants to get better at the craft of teaching, while providing comprehensive feedback to students.”

Anthony Muhammad, Educational Consultant and Author

“This book is for any educator looking to go beyond merely hanging the learning targets on the wall. Hoegh provides practical guidance and tools for making the teaching and learning processes transparent—for teachers, their students, and parents and guardians. Any teacher looking to make explicit connections between the learning targets and what happens in the classroom will find help here.”

Jennifer S. Norford, Chief Program Officer, Marzano Research