A student-friendly description of what students will be able to do once they have mastered competencies or performance outcomes. These can be pegged to specific performance levels or to an overall description of mastery. See Performance-Level Indicators, Grade-Level Descriptors, Grade-level Expectations and Grade-Level Indicators.
- Advancement on Mastery
- Learning Outcomes
- Meaningful Assessment
"Grade-level or performance-level descriptors will be a critical piece of your model because they chart out the pathway toward college and career readiness, making transparent what mastery of a competency looks like at each step in the learning progression. For some mastery-based models, performance-level descriptors for all competencies at all performance levels are what make up the rubrics for scoring, feedback, and evaluation of student work.
First and foremost, build on the progress that has been made in the field. Rather than reinvent the wheel, adopt the best examples of performance indicators you can find and revise them over time to meet your needs. Most nationally valued standard sets now have performance descriptors along with them, at least for grade level bands, that help describe the target of proficiency, and there are a growing number of exemplary models that have built upon and expanded these performance descriptors for competencies across subject areas."
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.