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5th ELA Leveled Google Forms for Assessment

“This resource has helped my online students understand their learning expectations. They have started using the proficiency scales with pictures and they are recognizing what they need to do to progress upward on the scale. This was a huge time saver for me and helped my students better understand what a power standard is.” – August 31, 2020

6th Grade ELA Posters with Learning Goals and Scales - EDITABLE

8th Grade Math Bundle with Proficiency Scales

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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As Proficiency Scales become the NEW way to teach, more and more schools are looking for resources from experienced teachers. Melanie has written, taught and presented proficiency scales at multiple conferences to walk teachers through the process of creating, presenting, organizing, and assessing learning objectives with scales. FOLLOW THE LINK above to recieve a free GUIDE to SCALES sharing my own experience and tips.

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Meet Melanie LiCausi

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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Learning to create scales was a PAINFUL reminder of what my students often feel… tossed into content they didn’t choose… expected to master things they are still clueless about… feeling all of the uncertainty and intimidation that goes along with learning something new! I have heard from countless teachers who are struggling through the same process. Having resources already done for them is AMAZING! But, learning to teach scales and modify their own assessments will be ESSENTIAL as modern education moves towards differentiated instruction. That’s why I am working on a UNIQUE and EXCITING new online course that will actually TEACH TEACHERS my simple streamlined process for creating scales and assessments. I have spent the last 7 years writing Proficiency Scales and Leveled Assessments for grades 1st-8th. I can tell you that the same process applies to every subject and grade level. Creating scales is an investment in PLANNING, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Once you learn how to USE them in your classroom, you will see how it can completely transform the learning experience for you and your students.  If you’re interested in learning to CREATE YOUR OWN LEVELED LEARNING GOALS AND ASSESSMENTS twice as fast, please sign up to follow me by email to get all the details this fall. 


Watch this video for a quick introduction to how I teach scales for pre-assessment!



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Proficiency Scales Simplify Differentiation in Elementary Classrooms

Proficiency Scales Simplify Differentiation in Elementary Classrooms

What are your beliefs about differentiation?
When you look at the diversity in your classroom, does it seem possible to reach every student? What if differentiation was just based on a naturally logical path of learning?
Start with background knowledge and end with opportunities for in-depth application.
I like to call this vertical differentiation. This means that students are working on the same topic or standard, at different levels of cognitive difficulty. If you are familiar with Blooms or Marzano Taxonomy of Higher Order Thinking skills, then you already have an idea of vertical differentiation.

Distance Learning and the Homeschool Connection

Distance Learning and the Homeschool Connection

Have you figured out what to work on with your child at home?

My name is Melanie LiCausi, and I am a mom of three, a classroom teacher, and trying out home-schooling for the very first time!

Having the unique experience of being on both sides of online learning has given me the chance to notice a few things.
Read on to see the simplest way to communicate your standards to students and parents in 4 easy steps!

Valentine’s Day Origami Projects

Valentine’s Day Origami Projects

Kids LOVE origami, at least my students always have. In an effort to get kids working together as a team, here is a fun way to assign groups and 'solidify' partnerships using one simple origami fold. Students can leave their group piece in a special place to indicate...

4 Tips to Fit Your Students into a Proficiency Scale

4 Tips to Fit Your Students into a Proficiency Scale

You may already get how your learning objectives fit into a proficiency scale, but what about your students? Have you ever spent a lot of time planning a lesson or unit, and then realized, ugh… this is too hard or too easy, and now I have to change my approach! Nobody...

Standards Based Learning with a Flipped Classroom

Classroom time always feels too short to do everything we know we're supposed to do! Connect to students’ prior knowledge, scaffold learning, repeat vocabulary, give multiple opportunities for practice, give students think time,...

Inclusion – The Goal of Proficiency Scales

What's the most important reason to use proficiency scales? One word. INCLUSION. The goal of proficiency scales is not to be one more complicated thing on your to-do list, but to accommodate your students at ALL LEVELS at the same time. Four Levels of Differentiation...

Differentiate Eighth Grade Equations with Proficiency Scales

Differentiate Eighth Grade Equations with Proficiency Scales

Proficiency Scales are all about helping students show growth in small steps instead of being overwhelmed by a year-end goal that seems way over their head. This video will walk you through one way to get your students understanding a scale. In this eighth grade equations and expressions standard, students must know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions.


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Do you ever feel like differentiation is IMPOSSIBLE to accompish?

What if it could be just a few simple tweaks to your learning objective or class assignment?

What no one tells you is, there's more than one way to Differentiate!

You might modify how you plan lessons, introduce topics, give directions, ask questions, modify practice activities, homework or pre-made assessments.


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These suggestions are perfectly aligned to Proficiency Scales and Standards Based Grading because every suggestion is correlated to a level of Marzano's Taxonomy.
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