The BC Performance standards give teachers an additional, valuable tool in assessing students’ abilities to apply their learning in realistic performance tasks in the areas of reading, writing, numeracy and social responsibility. Used with other methods, they can be an important part of a comprehensive assessment and evaluation system. Based on a Not Yet Meeting Expectation through to Exceeding Expectations scoring guide, the standards give a clear picture to teachers and parents of how a child can improve their learning and their output. Hear what children are saying about the standards.

The standards should be used within the context of ongoing classroom instruction. They are meant to be curriculum-embedded and used as part of regular classroom learning activities.

Schools that have been most successful in using the standards to improve student learning use of a combination of methods including:

  • embedding the standards school-wide and cross-curriculum
  • providing students with samples of good work or behaviors
  • using performance quick scales for peer assessment as well as self-assessment
  • and using standards that have been written in child-friendly language that all students can understand. See sample quick scales below

Performance standards can be adapted as needed. This might mean creating scales for grades not included in the standards, developing Individual Education Plans or other tailored evaluation, or adjusting expectations for different times of the year. An example is to use reading standards in social studies and science as well as literature arts. Again, child-friendly language is critical to success in student self-evaluation.