Assessing Learning in a Proficiency-Based System

As schools move to implement personalized learning and enable students to demonstrate their learning in more individualized ways, the role of assessment becomes increasingly paramount. How can we ensure that while we personalize learning, we continue to define consistent and equitable standards for all students? In this session, coaches from the Great Schools Partnership will share strategies and resources that educators can use to create schools and classrooms in which students and teachers use a variety of methods to get a clear understanding of students’ strengths and weaknesses. Through discussion, interactive activities, and the review of examples, participants will consider how students can produce evidence of learning, and will explore how educators can use task-neutral scoring criteria to assess what students know and can do when they are engaged in different learning experiences.


Mary Hasting, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership

Christina Horner, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership

Steve Sell, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership


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Presentation Slides
Summative Assessment Design Guide
Assessment Rounds Template
Assessment Rounds Protocol
Scoring Criteria Design Guide
Summative Assessment Design Protocol
Sample Assessment: Chemistry
Sample Assessment: Humantities
Sample Assessment: Humanities Rubric
Proficiency-Based Unit Planning: Design Considerations
Proficiency-Based Learning Simplified Graphic
Ten Principles of Proficiency-Based Learning
Summative Assessment Planning Template