Learning Outcomes

Definition 

Specific statements about what students will be able to do as evidence that they are competent. These are specific measurable goals that guide the development of assessments.

Features 

  • Learning Outcomes

Designer's Tips 

"Learning outcomes are statements that bridge three key elements of every instructional unit: the skills being developed, the content under investigation, and the tasks that students will undertake to demonstrate their learning. They set the vision for the learner, and help make clear to students the meaningful and important connections between content, skills, and work products.

Explore our Guide to Defining Learning Outcomes for a step-by-step guide to crafting Learning Outcome statements."

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

"Make sure the Learning Outcome statement is built into your unit planning template, and provide teachers with simple guidelines for how to craft a learning outcome statement.

See our Guide to Defining Learning Outcomes for a step-by-step guide to crafting Learning Outcome statements."

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. 

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

Articulate your Learning Objectives

Description 

This site provides guidance on writing clear, measurable learning objectives that will support the organization of course content, learning strategies, and assessments. Though written for a college audience, it is equally useful for the K-12 context.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Carnegie Mellon

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Outcomes

Next Generation Science Standards

Description 

Here the Next Generation Science Standards, developed under the leadership of the National Research Coucil (NRC) and the American Associaton for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), can be viewed in three ways: by discipline core idea, topic arrangement, or performance expectation.

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

National Research Council, Achieve

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization
  • Intermediary or Management Organization

Terms 

Competencies
Learning Outcomes

Framework for 21st Centruy Learning

Description 

Instructional Leaders looking to develop competencies will find helpful this two-page overview of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills approach to Learning Outcomes and Skills. The P21 model integrates cross-cutting and content-specific competencies into an over-arching framework that allows stakeholders to easily see how they are interdependent.

Resource Type 

  • Document

Publishing Organization 

P21

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization
  • Intermediary or Management Organization

Terms 

Competencies
Learning Outcomes

Two sides of the Common Core: CBE and Student Learning Objectives

Description 

This article explores the relationship between competencies and student learning objectives. It concludes that they are related but not the same. Recommendations include that 1) required competencies reflect a small set of the most critical ideas of a discipline (or across disciplines), 2) the student learning objective (SLO) system is designed so teachers are expected to be evaluated on multiple SLOs, and 3) there is a stronger overlap among the SLO learning goals and the required competencies.

Authors 

Scott Marion

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

CompetencyWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Outcomes
Competency-Based Education (CBE)
Mastery Learning
Proficiency-Based Education (PBE)
Learning Objective

Central Falls High School: Extended Learning Opportunities

Description 

Expanded Learning Opportunities, also known as Extended Learning Opportunities or ELO's, provide students with the chance to design their own learning. Educators seeking to create systems to support ELO's will find helpful this collection of resources from Central Falls High School, part of an urban district in Rhode Island.

Resource Type 

  • School-Developed Resources

Publishing Organization 

Central Falls High School

Type of Organization 

  • School or District

Terms 

Learning Outcomes
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning

Next Generation Learning: Extended Learning Opportunities

Description 

Beginning with the provocative question, 'Does your brain only work when your butt is in a chair?', this brief video makes a case for personalized learning. Created by the Colorado Education Initiative, it could be used by designers or leaders to introduce the big ideas behind personalization to stakeholders.

Resource Type 

  • Video

Publishing Organization 

Colorado Education Initiative

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Outcomes
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning
Student-Centered Learning

Making Mastery Accessible: Guide to Defining Learning Outcomes

Description 

Learning Outcomes are an anchor to a mastery learning system's curriculum and assessment design. Unfortunately, developing strong, competency-aligned learning outcomes is challenging, requiring deep content and skill knowledge. This guide provides support to designers undertaking this work.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Learning Outcomes