Writing Tiered Goals (Handout)

Using the tiered method of writing goals is gaining popularity. Tiered Goals are differentiated targets for groups of students with similar baseline scores and similar projected growth.  Typically a teacher breaks a a group of students into 5 or less tiers based on starting ability levels, strengths, weaknesses and end of instructional interval projections.  Tiered goals are great ways to break up groups of students based on similar abilities and features.  It gives great flexibility to the goal writing process. Lets look at some pros, cons and ways to use these goals

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Student Growth Goals (also referred to as Growth Targets) are detailed, measurable goals for student learning and growth developed collaboratively by educators and their evaluators.  They are based on student learning needs identified by a review of students’ baseline skills.  The goals are aligned to course standards and measure learning in the big ideas and essential skills of the class or course.  The goals are rigorous, yet realistic targets of student learning.

There are many approaches to setting student growth goals (or growth targets).  

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Choosing your method of writing the target is partly personal preference and partly an exercise in critical analysis of the unique students on your roster.  This document highlights the tiered method of growth goal writing.

 

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This article was written by Kids at the Core founder, Anne Weerda.

Anne is an assessment and curriculum specialist best known for her work in assessment design, data analysis and instructional effectiveness. Anne is a sought after speaker in the area of assessment design, curriculum and instruction.
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