Learning Expectations

Definition 

General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.

Features 

  • Competencies

Designer's Tips 

"One key consideration is in determining how will you communicate and reinforce learning expectations for students in engaging ways throughout the learning cycle. Are learning expectations posted on a classroom wall? Presented in a slideshow? Conveyed in a video? Shared in a student handbook? Are they celebrated through school rituals? Spoken about with consistent language among teachers? Positively framed?

In collaboration with your teaching team and student leaders, find creative and engaging ways to turn Learning Expectations into inspirational milestones that prepare young people for life after school, while using connections to the world to reinforce meaning and purpose."

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

If you like Asia Society's global vision and mission, it is very strong and adoption-ready. If not, we suggest you don't begin with competencies. It takes years to design a fully-developed system, and the technology doesn't support it yet. Begin with other elements of the system and layer in competencies over time.

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. 

NH DOE Grade Level Expectations

Description 

The New Hampshire DOE, Rhode Island DOE, and Vermont DOE have developed a common set of grade-level expectations, known as the New England Common Assessment Program Grade-Level Expectations (NECAP GLEs), and test specifications in mathematics, reading, and writing. Between the NECAP GLEs and the Common Core Grade Level Expectations articulated by PARCC, designers at the beginning of this work may find it's more efficient to adopt and adapt, than it is to invent a new wheel!

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

New Hampshire Department of Education

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization

Terms 

Performance-Level Descriptors
Performance-Level Indicators
Competencies
Learning Expectations
Learning Objective

Making Mastery Accessible--Competency Adoption Guide

Description 

Competencies are the foundation of a mastery learning system, helping all members of a learning community understand the skills, knowledge and capacities that will lead to strong performance.This design guide describes a four-step process to support the development of sound college- and career-aligned competencies: Plan, Goal Definition, Source & Review, and Adapt & Iterate. Readers will also find profiles of the competencies developed and used by the School District of Philadelphia and NYC's Bronx Arena High School.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Competencies
Learning Expectations
Performance Outcomes