Instructional Practice


Develops student learning goals

The Planning Criteria
The Planning Criteria of the rubric encompasses a teacher’s capacity to develop annual student learning goals, track and use student data to drive instruction, and design effective unit and lesson plans with aligned assessments.

Within PL-1, you will find effective practices and videos supporting teacher developed annual goals with a focus on developing goals that are aligned with curriculum, which are measurable, differentiated, and effective to ensure all students master a variety of objectives at an increasing level of sophistication. Other exemplars include using data to drive instruction, and student investment in goal achievement.

Develop Annual Goals

Develop Annual Plans

Invest Students

Rubric Indicators

The following best describes a teacher performing at Level 3 in this criterion:

  • Teacher develops annual student learning goals that are:
    • aligned with appropriate required content standards and curricula,
    • measurable using end-of-course assessments and/or rubrics,
    • ambitious and feasible given student skill levels diagnosed at the beginning of the year, and
    • differentiated to meet the needs of individual students and groups of students.
  • Teacher uses goals to develop an annual plan that:
    • prioritizes content and skills that are a prerequisite for or utilized in future courses,
    • includes specific content and skills for enrichment and remediation of students, based on their starting points, and
    • groups and sequences content and skills into logical units so students build upon prior knowledge and master a variety of objectives at an increasing level of sophistication.
  • Teacher consistently communicates annual learning goals to students and explains how those goals will be assessed.
  • Students demonstrate investment in achieving annual student learning goals.

Reflection Questions

Use the following reflection questions to guide thinking around the effective practices. They can be used individually or to facilitate conversation during PLCs, department meetings or as an entire faculty.

PL-1 Develops student learning goals

  • What is your definition of an annual goal? Consider sharing your goal. Is it a growth goal; if not how can it be modified to reflect student growth?
  • What parts of developing annual goals are going to be most challenging to implement? What support or resources are needed?
  • What are ways students can demonstrate investment in an annual goal?
  • How does developing annual goals impact your ability to provide effective instruction?