Jan K. Hoegh

A Handbook for Developing and Using Proficiency Scales in the Classroom

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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 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.

Learn how to write high-quality proficiency scales and review how to enrich student learning opportunities.

Recognize the various ways teachers, students, and parents can use proficiency scales.

Access rubrics, criteria checklists, and pacing guides that you can use in concert with proficiency scales to provide valuable feedback to students.



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: Using Scales With Exceptional Learners

Chapter 7: Scales for Behaviors That Promote Academic Success


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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