Heading towards proficiency
Belief Statement: At North Salem High School, we believe that by providing students with clear targets for academic success, specific feedback, and consistent academic expectations from classroom to classroom (proficiency teaching, learning, and assessment), all students will be empowered to take control of their learning and acquire the skills and knowledge that will put them on the track to graduation and shape them into positive contributors to a diverse society.
        She's grading us on our proficiency

How to measure proficiency in World Languages has been refined over the last thirty years by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Oregon Crosswalk with ACTFL Standards including average cumulative hours of study for benchmarks

You may have noticed that our Spanish course materials have "Proficiency Goal" arrows on the pages.  What do those mean?  Which is the same question as: what does speaking Spanish look like at various levels? (Adapted from: ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines)
ACTFL Samples (Calibrated) in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

Bicycle Sheets - Student-friendly explanation of proficiency levels

Learning a language naturally lends itself to proficiency-based teaching and learning.  What proficiency looks like for Spanish is actually nothing new.  Speaking and writing a language is by its very nature something that lends itself to performance-based learning and assessment.  

Proficiency Scale

The adopted proficiency scale will used with standard specific rubrics for summative and formative assessments, as well as for general understanding of proficiency.

4 - Exceeds


3 - Proficient

Logra dominio

2 - Nearly Proficient

Casi domina

1 - Not Proficient

No domina

Student demonstrates in depth inferences and applications.

Student demonstrates the expected understanding and skills.

Student demonstrates


understanding and skills.

Student demonstrates limited or no understanding and/or skills.

Grade Conversion

Because we have to assign letter grades for progress and final grades, we have adopted the following grade conversion scale. Grades will be based on priority standards. Grades will be calculated by averaging summative scores.

  • A=3.5-4.0

  • B=3.0-3.4

  • C=2.5-2.9

  • D=2.00-2.4

  • F=1.0-1.9

Then and Now