Proficiency-Based Approach to Assessment: The Why

Why should I use proficiency-based approaches to language assessment?

Proficiency-based assessment is an important component of effective classroom practices in a proficiency-based language program.

Proficiency-based assessment practices can:

  1. Improve instruction and student outcomes
  2. Allow students varied opportunities to demonstrate what they can do
  3. Help students monitor and celebrate their progress over time
  4. Support teachers in aligning instruction with students’ diverse needs
  5. Establish common benchmarks for understanding students’ abilities
  6. Establish evidence for administrators about program needs and effectiveness