8th Grade ELA Posters with Learning Goals and Scales - EDITABLE

“I use these as Focus Standard posters and mini-rubrics. A fantastic resource!” – Candace C.
December 5, 2018

4th Grade Math Assessment with Learning Goals & Scales

“These scaled assessments are great! I love that the questions show a progression of skills so I can see where students may be struggling, and it also gives the kids the opportunity to see that they can do something, even if they’re not quite “on level” yet. Thanks.” – Robert R.
December 1, 2018

5th Grade ELA Posters with Learning Goals and Scales

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November 26, 2018

2nd Grade Math Assessment with Marzano Scales

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November 30, 2018

5th Grade ELA Assessment Reading Literature RL with Proficiency Scales

“I am so grateful for this resource! It makes transitioning to standards based grading so much easier!! Thank you for your incredibly hard work!” – Katt F. November 26, 2018

3rd Grade Math Bilingual Proficiency Scales - English & Spanish

This is a perfect resource for my dual language classroom, especially since my students can rate themselves as we work through each skill.”  Socorro F. December 2, 2018

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Melanie is the original creator of Leveled Assessments for Math and ELA.  Leveled Assessments take Marzano’s research to a whole new LEVEL, by adding clear and objective tasks to proficiency scales. Melanie’s experience with differentiation comes from twelve years in the classroom teaching first grade, second grade, middle school math, and several years of Gifted Resource in a multi-age classroom for grades 3-5.  She has mastered the art of aligning content at multiple grade levels to give students a smooth and defined path for progress. 

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Math Assessments with Scales are Now Editable!

In the last school year I've received some really great comments from teachers. They tell me how useful the leveled Math Assessments with Scales and Posters have been for supporting a growth mindset and differentiation! If your school uses the Marzano Framework for...

Formal Assessments for Marzano Scales

Last post I discussed the Pros and Cons of Informal Assessments. This week I am switching to the idea of using formal assessments for Marzano Scales because I found that they were so much more effective! The benefits of formal assessments are that they give you and...

Pros and Cons of Informal Assessments

In any classroom there are two basic ways you can pre-assess your students' level of comprehension: informal or formal assessments. The former approach can be easier, but there are pros and cons of informal assessments. In previous posts I discussed two approaches to...

How to Use Marzano’s Taxonomy to Write Your Own Scales

With the explosion of Marzano framework for teacher evaluations, and Marzano Scales refocusing classroom instruction, I get a lot of questions from teachers trying to figure out how to write their own scales to meet district or state requirements. A few months ago I...

Equivalence: a Big Idea in Mathematics

Throughout the various strands or domains of Mathematics there are common threads, similar to themes in Language Arts. Equivalence: a Big Idea in Mathematics is one of the biggest and most fundamental concepts in every subtopic. Whether you're dealing with operations,...

Engage Students with Kid-Friendly Goals

Have you ever felt like as a teacher, you're doing most of the work to learn, organize, pace, and dispense the curriculum while your students sit back passively waiting for you to tell them what to do? What if your students understood that it was their job to learn...


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