Education has become more complicated and demanding than ever. Teachers want to do the best for their students, but TIME is limited. If you ask them what is their most important job, they’ll say something like, “…impacting their students.” Teaching is so personal, and building relationships is a priority for the best teachers. Effective teaching comes from knowing students as much as knowing content. A teacher’s greatest strength is being able to connect their students’ strengths and weaknesses to the content. This takes time and attention. Attempting to create their own materials means they’re likely to neglect some other area.
How do I know? I spent twelve years teaching 1st-6th grades. Plus 6 years applying Marzano’s research to design resources that help teachers differentiate instruction. I’ve shared this work online, and at teacher conferences. It’s become painfully obvious to me that curriculum development is a very different job than effective classroom teaching. Of course they can figure it out; but do they have an extra 40 hours per subject to do it? That’s how long it took me to research and write scales with assessment questions. Do you want teachers at the TOP of their game? Then let them do what they do best – connect with students in the classroom!
How can you set them up to be as successful as possible? Get your teachers started with EDITABLE PROFICIENCY SCALES that are done for them. When every learning standard is already broken down into four levels of difficulty, teachers have an instant outline for planning differentiation. The leveled assessments perfectly align to each scale so students can prove mastery by completing concrete tasks. No more guess work for teachers, parents, or students. Plenty of documentation for measuring student growth and progress. Win-Win-Win!
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These resources cover every Common Core Math standard in four different levels of difficulty that align with a Proficiency Scale. The Assessments will help you to objectively differentiate student groups, and the Portfolio pages will provide a quick and easy way to track student pre- and post-unit progress. If your school uses the Marzano Framework or iObservations for Teacher Evaluations, this BUNDLE will save you weeks of work! The resources are perfectly align to a growth mindset, standards-based grading, and make differentiation planning easy! Inspired by Marzano’s research in “The NEW Art and Science of Teaching” these resources format every standard into four proficiency scales from 1-4 (levels of difficulty), with a learning goal statement accompanying each one.
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The Scaled Assessments for Math are designed with the idea that students learn skills and understand concepts in a progressive way. Instead of presenting students with an assessment that is pass or fail, right or wrong, this assessment recognizes what a child already knows (usually scales 1-2), and creates a clear model of what the child is expected to understand by the end of the year (scales 3-4). Inspired by Marzano’s research in “The NEW Art and Science of Teaching” this assessment breaks down every math standard into four scales from 1-4 (levels of difficulty), with a learning goal statement accompanying each one.
Proficiency in each math standard is represented by a score of 3. A score of 4 indicates an advanced knowledge of the skill, usually above grade level. The tasks assigned to scores of 2 and 1, are either derived from sub-skills of the standard, or from the background knowledge of earlier grade levels. Often the content from earlier grade levels will be labeled with the corresponding standard for reference purposes.
Help your students, families, and administrators SEE what they already know, and where the standard is leading them!
This format is designed to scaffold skill mastery, so the same pages can be used as a pre-assessment and a post-assessment. This is recommended! The pre-assessment will let you know what skills your students have to begin instruction and differentiation. Allowing students to continue where they left off as a post-assessment will help them feel rewarded for what they already know and see their progress in a concrete way!
The left column (5th-8th) provides space for students to record numerical answers to questions. It is organized this way so that teachers can quickly review students’ answers for accuracy. This document includes a detailed ANSWER KEY with numerical solutions, as well as sample answers for written explanations.
This makes pre- and post-testing a matter of planning, and not an EXTRA assessment that students have to stress over, or you have to plan extra time for. This are quick and easy to use, so that you can realistically assess a students progress multiple times throughout the year. YEAH!
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THIS BUNDLE INCLUDES:
- One Complete Set of Leveled Assessments aligned to Proficiency Scales for EVERY Math Standard in each Grade Level – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, in six separate pdf files.
- One Complete Set of Portfolio Pages (Student Tracking Sheets) aligned to Proficiency Scales for EVERY Math Standard in each Grade Level – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, in six separate pdf files.
EACH GRADE-LEVEL DOCUMENT INCLUDES:
- One Complete Set of Leveled Assessments aligned to Proficiency Scales for EVERY Math Standard in each cluster (OA, NBT, NF, MD, G) or (RP, NS, EE, G, SP).
- One Complete Set of Portfolio Pages (Student Tracking Sheets) aligned to Proficiency Scales for EVERY Math Standard in each Grade Level – 1sorted into groups by Domain, with quick coloring pages for tracking progress, and simple reflection sheets for writing about goals and progress.
*A Free Copy of “Proficiency Scales: An Easy Guide for Teachers,” written by Melanie LiCausi of Mrs. L’s Leveled Learning LLC. This document shares my own experience in the classroom: the basics of understanding, writing, teaching, planning, assessing, grading, and organizing the implementation of proficiency scales. ENJOY!
*School Site License – Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one entire school, including classroom, resource, and special support teachers. No part of the original content may be used to create new resources for free, for sale, or for sharing on school databases without written permission from Melanie LiCausi at Mrs. L’s Leveled Learning LLC. Please contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
These resources were developed using the following references:
Marzano, R. J. (2017). The new art and science of teaching. Bloomington, IN: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Solution Tree Press.
Common Core State Standards © Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved. http://www.corestandards.org
Progressions for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics © Copyright 2012 The Common Core Standards Writing Team. http://ime.math.arizona.edu/progressions/