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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.

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A Handbook for Developing and Using Proficiency Scales in the Classroom

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Benefits

  • 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 toward 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The What and Why of Proficiency Scales
Chapter 2: Proficiency Scale Development
Chapter 3: Score 4.0—Complex Content
Chapter 4: The Use of Proficiency Scales in the Classroom
Chapter 5: Scales and Related Tools
Chapter 6: The Use of Scales With Exceptional Learners
Chapter 7: Scales for Behaviors That Promote Academic Success
Epilogue
Appendix A: Example Scales
Appendix B: Common Scale Templates With Examples
Appendix C: Scale Development Checklists
Appendix D: Score 4.0 Examples
Appendix E: Scales With Sample Assessments

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