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Step 3: Developing Specific Learning Targets

The teachable, measurable sub-skills of the standard identified through task analysis can then be translated into specific instructional learning targets to guide the planning and implementation of step-by-step classroom instructional and assessment activities. Remember that “The accuracy of any assessment hinges on clear targets” (Chappuis et al. 2012).

Refer again to the Grade 4 example:

Grade 4, Reading Standard 2 for Informational Text
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported
by key details; summarize the text.

The graphic below provides an example of instructional learning targets for the Grade 4 reading standard:

3.  Instructional Learning Targets

  1. Students will be able to determine the main idea of a text.
  2. Students will be able to explain verbally and in writing how details in the text support the main idea.
  3. Students will be able to summarize the text verbally and in writing.


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