The Diocese of Orlando has recognized Florida’s Goal 3 Standards as good expectations of student performance and has adapted them to meet the expectations of students graduating from Catholic high schools. The following ten standards are broad areas of knowledge and competence that exiting Catholic high school students are expected to have when they graduate.
- Performance standards are defined through statement of outcomes that support each standard
- The exit-level skills required for entering postsecondary education and the world of work in the information age are the same and can be measured through a variety of assessment activities.
- Exit levels on the Goal Three performance standards will be established using a Gospel-based developmental approach, performance expectations at pre-exit levels will be established as benchmarks for assessing adequate progress.
- One of the criteria for the success of a Catholic school is determined by the extent to which each individual student in the school is making progress toward the performance standards. Some students may need individual accommodations in order to progress toward the performance standards and outcomes. These accommodations are based on Catholic philosophy and respect for each student.
- Gospel-based performance standards are written at the highest operational levels (e.g., analysis, synthesis, evaluation) and are based on the belief that individual students learn at different rates. Competency at such a high level requires student understanding, and use of content and foundation skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Assessment practices should serve but not determine the performance standards and should be based on the belief that all students can succeed.
- Performance standards should be designed so that students may go beyond them by broadening the learning areas within which the standards are applied.
- In order to reach high operational performance standards, teaching and learning in the Diocese of Orlando Catholic schools will be fundamentally structured in keeping with the principles of academic excellence and faith formation.
- The exit-level skills, knowledge, and values provide a framework within which the essential concepts of the curriculum frameworks will be incorporated. This framework provides a baseline measure for curriculum development in the Diocese of Orlando.
Standard #1 – Information Managers
Standard #2 – Effective Communicators
Standard #3 – Numeric Problem Solvers
Standard #4 – Critical and Creative Thinkers
Standard #5 – Ethical and Responsible Workers
Standard #6 – Resource Managers
Standard #7 – Systems Managers
Standard #8 – Cooperative Workers
Standard #9 – Effective Leaders
Standard #10 – Culturally Sensitive Learners