SCALE works with school organizations and stakeholders to identify the core subject-specific performance outcomes that students are expected to demonstrate in performance tasks. These performance outcomes – vital competencies and skills needed for college success and the workplace – are based on state, national, and international standards and provide the blueprint for designing performance tasks.
Unlike content or skill standards, performance outcomes do NOT represent the totality of all academic behaviors and skills that are valued and desired, but represent a subset of valued learning outcomes that will be measured in the performance task. Performance outcomes are written so that they can be applied across courses and topics/units of study within the discipline. Outcomes may include enduring understandings, essential skills, or habits of mind, explained below.