Friday, 13 October 2017

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

You may hear your child use these two terms at home and/or during our upcoming student-led conferences.  The intention of this post is to define them for you...

Learning Goals are curriculum expectations stated in language that students can understand.
Every week, we list our learning goals for literacy, math, science,  arts etc.

Success Criteria define what students need to do in order to demonstrate that they have met particular learning goals.

Success criteria:

-are co-authored by teachers and their students
-ensure that students have input into their learning process
-ensure that students understand exactly what they need to do to be successful
-encourage students to move toward becoming independent, self-monitoring learners

This is an example of Success Criteria:

Norval Morrisseau Artwork
Success Criteria
  • I can create and uses traditional form such as (X-ray vision) effectively. 1  2  3  4
  • I can use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas for a specific audience and purpose. 1  2  3  4
  • I can interpret personal artwork for conveyed feelings, issues, themes and social concerns. 1  2  3  4
  • I can use bright and bold colours.  1  2  3  4
  • I can outline my work using black effectively. 1  2  3  4


We are using Learning Goals and Success Criteria across all subject areas. Students seem to appreciate the way they take the guesswork out of learning!

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