I Can Statements

Definition 

A student-friendly description of what students will be able to do once they have mastered the competencies or performance outcomes. These can be pegged to specific performance levels (see Performance-Level Indicaotrs or Grade-Level Indicators), or to an overall description of mastery.

Features 

  • Advancement on Mastery
  • Competencies
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Meaningful Assessment

Designer's Tips 

"The creation of I Can Statements is one of many ways to reflect a commitment to user-centered design.

I Can Statements are not critical for year one. They can be developed at any time, once your competencies have been defined and your performance level descriptors completed. When crafting I Can Statements, consider how you might refine the language of a performance descriptor to make it more accessible to students, and from the perspective of a student."

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

If you like Asia Society's global vision and mission, the I Can's are strong and adoption-ready. If not, you might decide to wait before developing I Can's or PI's. They can wait until the rest of the system is a bit more developed before layering these on.

Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Asia Society Global Leadership Performance Outcomes, I Can Statements, Rubrics

Description 

This exemplar comptency documents linked here, developed by the Asia Socienty, focuses on Global Leadership. Included are rationales, "I can" statements, performance outcomes, and rubrics for students in grades 5, 8, 10, and 12. Designers will find these models helpful for their own work developing competencies and supporting documents.

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

Asia Society

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Competencies
Performance Outcomes
Learning Expectations
I Can Statements
Performance Indicators
Rating System
Scoring Rubrics

EPIC Competency Flip Book

Description 

This is a set of 17 transdisciplinary competencies and 65 accompanying "attainments" (evidence that students have achieved mastery). Examples include: Write Effectively; Think Critically and Design Solutions; Synthesize Systems and Processes; Connect to the Environment.

Resource Type 

  • School-Developed Resources

Publishing Organization 

NYC Department of Education

Type of Organization 

  • School or District

Terms 

Competencies
I Can Statements

Is your team identifying essential learning targets?

Description 

Bill Ferrier discusses the importance and the challenge of writing effective learning targets for students. The blog post also provides some models and helpful tools to support learning target development.

Authors 

Bill Ferriter

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

The Tempered Radical

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization
  • Intermediary or Management Organization

Terms 

Competencies
I Can Statements
Performance Indicators
Learning Targets