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Posted in Ed Tech 101 on January 26, 2014 by

What is “proficiency?”

In general, proficiency refers to a level of expertise or skill. At Knewton, the term “proficiency” represents a specific inferred metric that we present to teachers and students using Knewton-powered learning applications. This metric measures the underlying competency of a learner in a topic area. Teachers can see a student, or group of students’, overall strength in a particular topic area, based on past performance on related materials and other factors. This allows teachers to adjust instruction accordingly.

Learn more about how Knewton provides personalized recommendations and predictive analytics to teachers and students.

Here at Knewton, we love geeking out over ed tech – the people, the technology, and its potential to change the world. As part of our participation in the community, we’re putting together an “Ed Tech 101” glossary to explore the language itself – the buzzwords, the jargon, the neologisms, and everything in between. Have an ed tech word or phrase you’d like us to feature? Leave a comment!