Proficiency Grading: What is it all about?

On this page you will find links to information on proficiency grading and the research supporting it.  Please know that although proficiency grading is very different from what you and your student may be used to, I am confident that you will find it far more informative than the traditional A, B, C, grades.  As always, if you have any addtional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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Proficiency Links


Sherwood School District Proficiency Page:  This page will describe how and why Sherwood Schools are making the shift toward proficiency.

Proficiency Grading and eSIS Parent Letter:  This is a link to the parent letter that was sent home in late September that outlined some basic facts about how the new proficiency grading system translates into eSIS.

Proficiency Grading in the Foreign Language Classroom: A powerpoint created by a Spanish teacher on why proficiency grading is best practice in a foreign langauge classroom.


National Standards for Foreign Language:  The webpage for the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  This page outlines the national standards for all foreign language classes.  In general, they are the broad goals that all foreign language teachers have for all of their students.  Our proficiency rubrics were based off of these standards.


Essential Skills: This document outlines the essential skills that your student will have at the end of each level of Spanish here in the middle schools.  It is our goal to make sure that your student receives the level of mastery in all of these areas.  Please note that this is a list ofessential skills that your student must have to move on to the next level.  Your student will learn additional skills throughout the year, however, these are the skills that we feel are most important for moving on.

Proficiency Stages and Basic Rubric Scale:  This document outlines the 10 point scale that will be used on our assessments (6.5-10).   In addition, it shows how each number score received on the rubric translates to a letter grade in eSIS.  This document also shows how each score on the rubric translates to a specific proficiency stage.  The proficiency stages are explained on the link below.  

Explanation of Proficiency Stages:  This document explains the language skills that students present at each of the different proficiency stages.   It also provides examples of tasks that students can accomplish at each of the different levels.  This document provides an extensive explanation of each proficiency stage, however, pages 7-15 of the document will be where you can find the specific information about each of the different proficiency stages. 

Reading/Listening Proficiency Rubric:  A rubric that will be used to grade your student's listening and reading assessments. 


Speaking/Writing Proficiency Rubric: A rubric that will be used to grade your student's speaking and writing  assessments.