How Do Proficiency Scales Support Reflection?
In our last post we shared how proficiency scales connect to the “assess” portion of the JDLM and support balanced assessment practices. In this edition we are exploring the question “How Do Proficiency Scales Support the Reflect portion of the Jeffco Deeper Learning Model”?
As formal and informal assessments are crafted and administered based on proficiency scales it becomes easier to offer feedback to students that is meaningful and purposeful, as well as aligned to grade level expectations. Proficiency scales give a space for effective feedback to be specific and timely linked to learning targets that gives clear direction for next steps. Many researchers in the field such as Hattie, Wiggins, and Marzano all agree on the importance of feedback in our field. We welcome you to visit the reflect portion of the JDLM as you explore how you can use proficiency scales as a way to reflect as a leader or teacher.
Our students can also use proficiency scales as reflection tools. Susan M. Brookhart shares “When you give feedback, explicitly describe how students’ effort on formative work for practice and learning have helped them develop the knowledge and skills that you [the teacher] are grading. This kind of feedback supports student self-regulation and motivation, and it also supports students’ understanding of what their grades are supposed to mean.” Several teachers have been piloting proficiency scales across Jeffco. Some of them have used the proficiency scale as a part of student reflection. Some have given the scale in the same form that the teacher is using it. For example, this 7th grade teacher used a scale throughout a unit of study for students to annotate as they increased their knowledge about ancient civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere.
You can see that the student made notes, highlighted, and was able to track their progress through the required knowledge outline in the 2.0 portion of the scale.
Another example can be seen from this high school student who took the scale and organized their notes on the French Revolution to match the knowledge they needed to know for the upcoming summative assessment.
Connecting back to the JDLM resources, as you engage in the buttons at the bottom of the reflect page you will see learning targets, goal setting, monitoring and continuous improvement as four categories you might consider when reflecting with proficiency scales and high expectation for students in mind.
Do Proficiency Scales Support Balanced Assessment Practices?
The short answer to that question is yes - proficiency scales do support the balanced assessment practices in Jeffco. We will unpack that a bit further and add some details in this week’s blog post. As you will recall in our previous blog post in January we shared with you about this work in crafting proficiency scales. To ground you in the work and understanding of balanced assessments in our district, here are two documents from our assessment colleagues: Understanding Balanced Assessment and Breaking Down Balanced Assessment .
Identify the prioritized standards and outcomes on which students will need to demonstrate mastery at the end of a unit.
Scale connections: Prioritized standards are identified through the 3.0 level on each proficiency scale. Standards were identified by various stakeholders as a priority if they met the following criteria provided by Marzano Research:
Design or curate a summative assessment that will gather sufficient evidence of student performance for each of the identified standards and learning outcomes. Use of an assessment blueprint (from CDE) can help to ensure alignment between outcomes and assessment items.
Scale connections: Using the various levels of the proficiency scale, teachers and PLCs can create assessment items aligned to the level of knowledge that the student should be demonstrating.
Create a balanced assessment plan. Think of this plan as a ruler that will help educators to measure student performance throughout the learning process. Plan for a variety of formative assessment opportunities that will allow students to demonstrate their learning progress and provide teachers with valuable information to adjust instructional strategies. Your balanced assessment plan will likely adapt over time as you learn more about your students’ needs.
Scale connections: As you reflect on your students’ needs perhaps you consider the 2.0’s as teaching points. Criteria at the 2.0 level can also provide content and suggestions for formative assessments throughout your learning plan.
Teachers and students should reflect on current performance, adjust instructional and learning techniques as needed, and set meaningful goals for future learning. Over time, student mastery of learning targets and independence in demonstrating mastery should grow.
Scale connections: Sharing the proficiency scale (either as-is or as a student friendly version) with students to aid in goal setting and self reflection on progress of prioritized standards. Students and teachers can use these in a formal conference setting with parents, or informal one-on-one conversations, such as in a workshop model.
Click back next week as we look deeper into Proficiency Scales and the Reflect portion of JDLM.
How And Where Do I Find Jeffco's Proficiency Scales?
A teacher might be asking themselves, “how and where do I find Jeffco’s Proficiency Scales?”. In this edition of The Pulse from Curriculum & Instruction we explore just that question. Currently (2/2020) we have proficiency scales released for selected units in 3rd through 8th grade ELA and Math content areas. To find the proficiency scales on the Team Jeffco Intranet simply go to the Jeffco Deeper Learning Model website. From there, scroll to the JDLM logo and click on the blue “assess” arrow. To find the proficiency scales in Bridge to curriculum simply search for proficiency scales in the resource or assessment libraries. As Jeffco’s Curriculum and Instruction department is in a continual process of releasing proficiency scales and preparing for the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards more will be released. Please bookmark The Pulse from Curriculum & Instruction Blog Site and check back for more to come.
In addition to finding the location of the published scales, we also wanted to share our FAQ document. This document addresses the Frequently Asked Questions around High Expectations (please use your jeffcoschools.us login to access). These are the most frequently asked questions from Jeffco stakeholders. They are organized by topic and may be updated over time as more information becomes available. Information around the scope and timeline of the revisions to curriculum, including proficiency scales, is included.
Upcoming learning opportunity - March 10, 11, 12, 2020:
Standards-based Teaching and Learning
March 10, 11, 12: 2 hour sessions for Principals, AP, IC, DTL, ILT, and Teacher Leaders to learn more about proficiency scales that have been adapted by Jeffco. Substitute funding available for up to 3 teachers per school. More information.
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