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January 12, 2015


Standards and Mastery

by Chris Lindholm

TN-Protocol-200x183Our District Leadership Team recently took a deep dive into the first element of Marzano’s Instructional Framework, “Providing Rigorous Learning Goals and Performance Scales (Rubrics).”  As we participated in instructional rounds and discussed what clear goals and performance scales should look like according to the protocol provided in the framework, it became clear that we have much work to do.  This first element, with the biggest effect size on student achievement, may also be the hardest to implement with fidelity across every grade and content area!!

Development of clear learning goals and performance scales cannot happen in isolation.  It requires teams of teachers to work collaboratively to ensure alignment of learning goals both vertically and horizontally and to create common expectations that are communicated in clear performance scales.  Rick Wormeli (@RickWormeli) offers some wonderful insights about unpacking standards and creating clear learning goals and performance scales.  Here he is describing what teams do to define mastery…




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