Listserve message for 04-01-19- What is a Proficiency Scale?
Published on Apr 1, 2019 13:41

April 1, 2019

Dear Families,

Have you had time to check out the Parent Information section of the Millis website? (  If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so as we continue to add important information to the site.  If you have checked it out, please continue to revisit it as we update it frequently with new information about curriculum.


This link will bring you directly to information on MA Curriculum Frameworks and our District Report Card issued by the MA Department of Education.  In addition there is information about the content children are learning at each grade level and copies of our Standards Based Report Cards.   This year, we are very excited to be sharing with you copies of our newly developed Proficiency Scales. 

What is a Proficiency Scale? 

A proficiency scale is a progression of learning toward a grade level end of the year standards.  We use our proficiency scales for the standards-based report cards, progress reports, and daily work to tell how much knowledge a student has acquired.  

The Millis teachers collaborated over time to clearly develop a proficiency scale, or the specific information about what student achievement looks like for each of the power standards in each content area.  They worked collaboratively to decide what a content standard means before it is taught and then developed a rubric by breaking apart the standard into specific learning targets. These targets are leveled on a proficiency scale that clearly indicates what skills are shown at each level.  Our proficiency scale contains numbers 1-4.  A student meeting the learning goal or expectation is rated 3.  If the student has foundational knowledge of the standard but not able to meet the grade level standard yet, the rating is a 2. For those students who go above and beyond what is expected as a grade level standard, the rating is a 4.   For those students who need significant support to be successful with the standard, the rating is a 1. Overall, the rating represents where each student is on the continuum of learning for each standard.  

This is a work in progress, so please continue to check back for additional and/or updated information.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the Curriculum Office.  



Joan E. Lynn 

Director of Curriculum

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