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Unpacking Standards into Learning Targets

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Amy Gage

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Unpacking Standards into Learning Targets

Unpacking Standards into
Student Learning Targets

Why Unpack Standards?
Standards are often written in terms that might be
interpreted differently
from teacher to teacher.

The unpacking process is
a strategy to achieve collective clarity and agreement regarded specific learning targets
contained within the standards.

By identifying specific learning targets through the unpacking process,
teams will be prepared to design aligned and accurate assessment items
Step 1: Focus on Key Words
Circle the skills (verbs)
Underline knowledge and concepts.
Bracket the context
Step 5: Define Assessment Evidence
Assessments should align directly to the unpacked learning targets. Common assessments are most powerful when they are formative in nature.
Step 2: Unpack the Targets
When verbs are vague, substitute them with observable and measurable verbs.

Make sure to use academic language.

Step 3: Analyze the Targets
"If we gear our instruction and assessment below the intended level of thinking, we're not really teaching the standard." -Chris Jakicic
Step 4: Determine the "Big Ideas" and/or Essential Questions
“Master teachers spend
more time unpacking standards and objectives
than they do planning learning activities because they understand that
clear learning goals
will drive everything else they do.”

from Robyn Jackson, Never Work Harder Than Your Students
"When a team moves forward in its
accurate assessment of learning targets
and takes action to
ensure that students are actually attaining the skills and concepts
, it has exemplified a true
guaranteed and viable curriculum
-Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic
Backwards Planning
Target - Target - Target
Curricular Units
Quality, Core Differentiated Instruction
Step 2.5: Define the Learning Targets
Clear, consistent message for kids to understand what is expected of them.
Webb's DOK is the rigor measure used in the Iowa Core.
DOK and Bloom's Revised
When structured effectively, guiding questions lead students to seek and acquire answers to big ideas - they direct students' search for understanding.
So Now What?
Teams must unpack each priority standard.

This is the foundation of our curriculum work as it is the step where we connect the standards directly to assessments.

Once every PS is unpacked, teams will articulate units of instruction aligned to the curricular resources. This step incorporates the selection of high-quality instructional strategies and DI practices that support learning for all students.
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