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Modern Learning Targets
Modern Learning Targets
Targets support the evaluation process. Clear identification and communication of the targets is key to board and school improvement planning. The following principles have been identified to support effective target setting.


Principles of Effective Target Setting

Targets are effective when they:

  • are established through a collaborative process;
  • are specific and based on identified needs;
  • align with the collective and strategic efforts within the system, school and classrooms;
  • identify the progress expected at specific checkpoints;
  • are ambitious and attainable predictions of intended results;
  • are motivational for continuous improvement; and
  • evaluate the impact of strategic actions on student achievement and well-being.

Three Types of Targets: Implementation, Perception, Achievement

  • Implementation targets are established to measure whether strategic actions in the BIPSA are being implemented as intended.
  • Perception targets are established to measure the perceptions of students about their school environment with regard to their learning and well-being. Revised school climate survey questions will be implemented in 2017 to gather baseline data specific to the current BIPSA and to set targets for the mid-cycle and five-year checkpoints.
  • Achievement targets are established to measure whether desired results are being realized with regard to student achievement.

Progress will be evaluated at three checkpoints:  

  • Early-Cycle Checkpoint: 2017 
  • Mid-Cycle Checkpoint: 2019​ 
  • Five-Year Target: 2021

At each checkpoint, evidence of impact will be used to refine targets and actions as well as next steps required to drive continuous improvement.  ​


Modern Learning Implementation Targets


Early-Cycle Checkpoint
By 2017, school staff have a collective understanding of modern learning approaches and are beginning to make connections among mindsets, deep learning and skills in their practice. 

Mid-Cycle Checkpoint

By 2019, school staff are using school and classroom practices that demonstrate modern learning approaches and the interconnectedness of mindsets, deep learning and skills.

Five-Year Target

By 2021, school staff have embedded and are refining modern learning approaches related to the interconnectedness of mindsets, deep learning and skills.


Modern Learning Perception Targets

 In 2017, revised questions will be included in the School Climate Survey based on the Modern Learning Theory of Action. Baseline data will be collected and perception targets set for 2021. 

Mid-Cycle Checkpoint

By 2019, students will show progress towards the five-year perception targets, indicating improved perceptions about opportunities for engagement in authentic, relevant and deep learning as well as improved perceptions about opportunities to create, connect and communicate their learning.

Five-Year Target​

By 2021, the perception targets established in 2017 for the Modern Learning Strategy will be achieved. 


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