Publications & Resources

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for Math Standards

Dec 2014

Glory Tobiason, Sandy Chang, Margaret Heritage, Barbara Jones and Joan Herman

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment for K-8 math college- and career-ready standards. The resource addresses two essential processes: (1) determining the series of changes that occur in student thinking or ability (i.e., “Building Blocks”) that lead from the previous grade’s learning to achievement of the current grade’s standards, and (2) determining the associated Learning Goals and Success Criteria for Building Blocks.

Tobiason, G., Chang, S., Heritage, M., Jones, B., & Herman, J. (2014). Building blocks, learning goals, and success criteria: Planning instruction and formative assessment for math standards. Retrieved from the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation website: