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Marzano Academies – Competency Based Education

1503, 2023

Do I need 1- 4 Reporting?

By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Marzano Academies|

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 their needs. A single report is often generated for all stakeholder groups. This approach does [...]

1503, 2023


By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Marzano Academies|

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 content at one level before they move on to the next level” (Marzano, Kosena and Hubbs, 2022). Learners are [...]

1503, 2023

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

By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Marzano Academies|

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 students have an equal chance. Proficiency scales help you define the criteria for learning both for [...]

1503, 2023

Won’t They forget?

By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Marzano Academies|

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 therefore should not be considered proficient. There is truth to this. Humans will not easily recall [...]

1603, 2016

Scoring Assessments – All 2.0 before 3.0?

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Marzano Academies|

Can learners provide evidence of the Scale Level 3.0 if they can’t show all Scale Level 2.0 without error? The short answer is YES. When implementing Competency-based education, it is natural to think about learning as a staircase that progresses in even steps to cover the gap between where a student is currently independent in their thinking and where they can reach with the support of the teacher [...]

1503, 2016

Assessment – What’s the Magic Number

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Marzano Academies|

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 scale)? If not, then what is the magic number? How many do I need before [...]




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