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Proficiency scales – the key to creating specific learning goals

Focus instructional activities on what matters most. Clear, specific learning goals lay the foundation for effective teaching. Learn what effective teachers do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success through the effective use of proficiency scales.

A proficiency scale organises identified learning goals as a sequence of information and skills – from a simpler learning goal, to the target learning goal, to a more complex learning goal. Essentially, proficiency scales articulate learning progressions for each prioritised standard. Learning progressions describe how students’ understanding of a topic develops over time.

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Unleashing the power of proficiency scales on students

Although the proficiency scale is a tool for teachers as they teach, assess, and provide feedback to students, it is also a tool students can use directly. A student-friendly version of the proficiency scale communicates clearly to students what they are expected to know.

Our authors and in-school specialists can help you learn a process for prioritising standards, assisting you to distinguish between true learning goals and classroom activities or assignments. Understand the difference between declarative and procedural knowledge and learn how to translate broad standards into specific learning goals.


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