Learning Expectations

Definition 

A set of Learning Goals that outline what students will master with regards to skills and content. These are specific and concrete, but complex enough they they will require a number of Learning Targets to master. Learning progressions detail the Learning Objectives and Learning Targets that students must master over time.

Features 

  • Learning Outcomes

Designer's Tips 

In thinking about the design of a mastery learning system, Learning Targets are typically articulated late in the design process as they aren't essential to a launch. Over time, research-based Progressions will be more available, making this more of an adoption process than a design process. This collection of resources provides insight into the distinctions and relationship between Learning Progressions, Learning Targets and Learning Objectives. These terms are often used interchangeably, but actually describe critically different (and highly related) aspects of learning work students will undertake in a well-designed Mastery Learning System.

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

With a short time-line we suggest yoou begin small: train teachers in what these are, and have them begin to map them once they have identified the Performance Tasks they will use.
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. 

Art & Science of Designing Competencies

Description 

In this issue brief from CompetencyWorks, innovators in competency education offer guidance for designing competencies, including clearly defining them, assessing them, and involving others in the work of creating them.

Authors 

Chris Sturgis

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

CompetencyWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Competencies
Performance Outcomes
Learning Expectations

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

Big Picture Learning Competency Wheel

Description 

This is a set of transdisciplinary competencies developed by Big Picture Learning. They include Career Skills, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving, Communication, Information, Media, and Technology Skills, and Life Skills. See NMEF's "Making Mastery Work" for a profile of BPL's practice and approach.

Resource Type 

  • School-Developed Resources

Publishing Organization 

Big Picture Learning

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization
  • Intermediary or Management Organization

Terms 

Competencies
Performance Outcomes
Learning Expectations

Is a Standard a Competency: part 1

Description 

In this brief blog post, Rose Colby explains why a standard is not a competency and the importance of understanding the distinction.

Authors 

Rose Colby

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

CompetencyWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization
  • Intermediary or Management Organization

Terms 

Competencies
Performance Outcomes
Learning Expectations
Standards

Value Rubric Development Project

Description 

This is a set of 16 rubrics developed by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. They include Critical Thinking, Analysis and Inquiry, Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving. These are very strong rubrics that clearly identify the ways of thinking that are required for success in liberal arts colleges. They can be a strong starting point for schools looking to develop competencies and learning outcomes that are college- and career-aligned.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Competencies
Performance Outcomes
Learning Expectations
Learning Outcomes
Performance Indicators
Rating System