Specified knowledge and skill items at the operational level are the base unit of measure in education, the “common denominator” for all processes, and the distinguishable properties of all materials.
The On-Grade Model uses standards-derived operational content to clearly define teaching and learning objectives, enable alignment throughout the system and facilitate transparency of operations.
The Model’s use of operational level content for everything from alignment to measurement to management enables clear learning gap vision and makes on-grade student performance a baseline reality.
Awareness of a gap enables and encourages actions to remove it, and continuous, clear reporting spurs persistence until it is gone.
While the high-level egg view of achievement and gaps is important, the drilldown into data behind the high-level view reveals the actionable information.
Clearly defined and transparent learning objectives are critical to tracking and managing student achievement using reports like the illustrated Student Learning Profile on the right.
Learning achievement and gaps reports inform at directly actionable levels to empower teachers, students and parents to close these gaps immediately and avoid the compounding effect of blocking cohesive learning sequences. Clear learning objectives with reports correlating student achievement form the foundation for competency-based education.
The uniqueness of the Institute's system is its commitment and ability to establish and maintain connections between the reference library (aka knowledge and skills; learning objectives) and standards, and between content and curriculum materials. The link makes possible real-time alignment to standards while course instructional materials are being developed to flag omissions, overlaps and additions for revision.
The ability of the Institute's tools to track and manage student learning achievement is the ultimate payoff for all other alignment. We help teachers identify course learning objectives and translate them into instruction materials. Knowing individual student achievement at the learning objective level informs teachers, students and parents where to focus education efforts in a highly transparent and interactive environment.