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Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Learning goals and success criteria are critical pieces of information students need to be successful learners. Students and teachers must hold a common understanding of what is to be learned, and what successful achievement looks like. With explicit goals and criteria, students have the beginnings of what they need to become independent, self-monitoring learners.

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Segment 1: The Foundation of Assessment for Learning
Learning goals and success criteria are the foundation on which students base their ability to monitor their learning and determine next steps.
FLV    7:39 min
MP4  124 M
Segment 2: Developing Learning Goals
 Learning goals are brief statements that describe, for students, what they should know and be able to do by the end of a period of instruction
FLV    7:48 min
MP4  127 M
Segment 3: Sharing and Clarifying Learning Goals
By ensuring that students clearly understand learning goals, teachers set the stage for students to be able to focus their efforts on achieving the goals, monitoring their progress, and setting their own goals.
FLV    8:19 min
MP4  135 M
Segment 4: Developing Success Criteria
Success criteria describe what success “looks like”, and when used to give descriptive feedback when assessing, provide both the teacher and the student information about learning.
FLV    6:17 min
MP4  102 M
Segment 5: Helping Students Understand Criteria
Success criteria describe, for students, what successful learning ‘looks like’. It is critical to students’ success that they and their teacher have a clear and shared understanding of the criteria.
FLV    6:53 min
MP4  112 M
Segment 6: Co-constructing Success Criteria
By directly involving students in the development of criteria, teachers help students to develop a common understanding of the criteria by which performance will be judged.
FLV    8:56 min
MP4  212 M