When students understand the learning goals, they can internalize where they are headed in their learning and what the expectations are, both of which can increase motivation and self-regulation of learning. Thus, before data can be used as information to further teaching and learning, the following elements should be in place:
- Clear instructional plans outlining long-term goals based on the Minnesota Academic Standards
- Targeted learning goals for each lesson articulating smaller, lesson-sized chunks of learning
- A routine for communicating learning goals and corresponding success criteria with students
- Standards-Aligned Planning Resources – This guide outlines how four resources provided by the state (The Minnesota Academic Standards, Benchmark Achievement Level Descriptors, The Minnesota Questions Tool, and Formative Assessment examples) work together to support grade-level instructional planning aligned to the academic standards.
Additional related resources are organized in the following pages: