The learning targets are the foundation of a standards-based learning system. They describe the skills and knowledge students must master in order to succeed in each content area. Learning targets are based on state and national standards. Learning targets are consistent across the District and developed in a manner to prepare students for success in the next grade level/course.
LONG-TERM LEARNING TARGETS (ALT) – The big ideas that define the learning within a specific content area. Student proficiency levels on long-term learning targets are (will be) reported on progress reports and report cards.
SUPPORTING LEARNING TARGETS (AST) – The supporting targets are used to define the learning necessary to become proficient on a long-term learning target. The supporting targets assist teachers with developing their instruction and assessments and will often be defined in a rubric.
State education chiefs and governors in 48 states came together to develop the Common Core, a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Today, 43 states have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards, which are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to take credit bearing introductory courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce.
In order to ensure that all students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of today’s workplace, the state has raised the bar on graduation requirements. Today, students need to know and be able to do more than ever before so that they can have the skills to pursue their hopes and dreams.