Proficiency-Based Instruction and Assessment

The Sherwood School District is committed to creating a learning environment where all students grow academically and have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.  We believe that a proficiency-based instruction and assessment model is the best approach to meet this commitment. This page includes resources and information to support district educators as we make this transition.

Definition of proficient: The student demonstrates all skill and knowledge requirements of the standard.

A team of early adopters met in June 2012 and will continue to meet during the 2012-2013 school year to establish consistent proficiency-based language and practices.  This work will inform district practices as we move to full implementation in September 2013.  Click HERE to read the Early Adopter Agreements.


Just Beginning
If you are just beginning to implement proficiency-based instruction and assessment, you may find these resources helpful.






FAQs for Parents and Community members


This link is to a Google folder that includes Word docs.  Download these documents to edit in Word or export as a Google Doc.

Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading (Scriffiny, 2008)
Posted with permission from the author, Ms. Scriffiny.  Reproduction of this article is prohibited without permission from the copyright holder, ASCD




Already Implementing
If you have experimented with or begun implementation of proficiency-based instruction and assessment, you may find these resources helpful.




Thank you to the grade 7 teachers who contributed to this work and agreed to share it with their colleagues.

Thank you to the grade 7  teachers who contributed to this work and agreed to share it with their colleagues.

Thank you to Jared Jones who agreed to share this work with his colleagues.


Digging Deeper
If you have implemented proficiency-based instruction and assessment and want to dive deeper into the practice, you may find these resources helpful.


 View these useful videos for more information about proficiency.