How do I use Proficiency Scales?
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Written by Alasdair McMillan
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Proficiency Scales allow teachers to assess students' level of achievement for each learning goal.

When selecting a Curriculum Tag to add to a post, you will be prompted to set a proficiency level:

Select the level that you would like to assign for each curriculum outcome, and select the blue checkmark to add your tag(s) to the post. If you are adding multiple tags to the same post, you can set different proficiency levels for each tag.

Now that you have started assessing your students' work with Proficiency Scales - what's next?

  • Once you have assigned Curriculum Tags and Proficiency Scales to posts, you will see them highlighted on the right-hand side of your Feed

    • The number on the right indicates how many posts in the feed are associated with that tag

    • You can click on any tag to filter and view posts with that specific tag

  • The abbreviation and the colour coding of each tag corresponds with the average proficiency level of all tagged posts in your Current Feed View

    • If you are viewing 'All Students', you will see the average proficiency levels across all students in that Space

    • To view the average proficiency for a specific student, click on their name on the left-hand side

  • As a teacher, you can go back and update proficiency levels at any time by clicking the tag(s) on a post

    • Students do not have access to modify curriculum tags or proficiency levels

  • To enable Proficiency Scales or make them visible to students and families:

    • Select your class name at the top left

    • Select Edit Class

    • Scroll down to Proficiency Scales

    • Enable or disable Proficiency Scales for the class, and select whether they are visible to students and families, or only to teachers.

Note: Curriculum Tags & Goals must be enabled in class settings to use Proficiency Scales

Adding Proficiency Scales to Activities

In addition to posts, you can also add Curriculum Tags and proficiency levels to Activities:

  1. When creating an activity, select the Curriculum Tags that you'd like to apply. Alternatively, you can edit an activity to add Curriculum Tags at a later time.

  2. Once your activity is created and students have begun submitting the activity, click back into the activity to view the Activity Quick Review Table.

  • Within this table, you can view the number of Curriculum Tags added to the activity, and how many have been assessed with proficiencies.

    • Click on either the student’s name or any of the icons in the table to access each student’s individual activity. From here, you may add a proficiency level for each curriculum tag or edit the curriculum tags.

      Note: If curriculum tags are edited within a student’s submission, the changes will only apply to the selected student. To edit curriculum tags for all students, select the three dots in the upper right corner of the activity and select ‘Edit Activity’.

    • Use the arrows beside the student’s name to navigate submissions, or click on the X in the top left corner to return to the Activity Quick Review Table.

  • You may also click the Proficiencies tab within the Quick Review Table for an overview of proficiencies for each student.

  • Simply click on a student’s proficiency level to access and/or edit their individual proficiencies associated with that activity.

3. Teachers submitting an activity on behalf of a student can add proficiency levels at the same time. For more information, visit our help article Can I submit an activity on behalf of a student?

Proficiency Scales and SpacesEDU Pro

Wondering what's available in the free version of SpacesEDU as compared with Pro?

  • Customizable Proficiency Scales:

    • The default Proficiency Scale (Levels 1-4) and the Curriculum Tags feature is available to all teachers using SpacesEDU.

    • Interested in taking your assessment even further? Customization of the Proficiency Scale is an optional add-on feature for schools and districts licensing SpacesEDU Pro.

  • Proficiencies in Reporting Spaces:

    • For districts with access to the Reporting Spaces feature, teachers can also add proficiency levels for each Area of Learning in their Reporting Spaces

If you are interested in learning more about SpacesEDU Pro, or any of the optional features available, contact us at

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