Assessment – What’s the Magic Number

  Question: Should a student produce 3-pieces of evidence before I can determine they are proficient? Answer: The short answer is no. We are often asked, “Do you need at least three pieces of evidence before you can mark a learner as proficient on a given measurement topic (Scale level 3.0 content in the proficiency…

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Won’t They forget?

  Question: If I mark a student proficient in September, won’t they forget it by March? Answer: The short answer is yes. People often express concern about marking a learner proficient early in the school year and then progressing to other learning. They worry, rightly so, that learners will not remember what they learned and…

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Don’t I still need to collect points? Is that not more objective?

  The short answer is no. Since we are humans evaluating humans through our assessments, there is no such thing as an entirely objective assessment. Even how you distribute potential points for the test is subjective and can change from classroom to classroom. What works better is to be fair in your assessments so all…

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CBE or SRG?

    Question: Is there a difference between standards-referenced grading (SRG) and competency-based education (CBE)? Answer: The short answer is yes. Competency-based education (CBE), sometimes referred to as standards-based, is the focus of the Marzano Academies Model of Education. We define CBE as having processes and practices that ensure that learners “demonstrate mastery of the…

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Do I need 1-4 Reporting?

In short, NO. Marzano Academies works with schools that use letter grades, percentages, words, or graphics to inform interested parties on how learners are progressing through the learning. Educators often confuse the needs of the different stakeholder groups. They are different. Marzano Academies helps schools identify the stakeholder groups and then create reports to meet…

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