Performance Outcomes

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 

"Performance Outcomes or ""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.

Also keep in mind that there is quite a bit of fluidity in the field about related terms -- learning outcomes, performance outcomes, performance indicators, etc. In our understanding, performance outcomes and learning outcomes can be used interchangeably."

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. 

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

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