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Version 1.2 – Updated June 2023

Success criteria


  • Influence: Success criteria
  • Domain: Teaching Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Success criteria
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to considerably accelerate
  • Influence Definition: Success criteria are the standards by which the project will be judged at the end to decide whether or not it has been successful. They are often brief, co-constructed with students, aim to remind students of those aspects on which they need to focus, and can relate to the surface (content, ideas) and deep (relations, transfer) learnings from the lesson(s). Success criteria should provide a clear answer to the question: How will I know that I have learned it? relating back to the learning intention of the lesson while addressing content, practices, and dispositions.


  • Number of meta-analyses: 2
  • Number of studies: 163
  • Number of students: 0
  • Number of effects: 163
  • Weighted mean effect size: 0.64
  • Robustness index: 2


Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Dissertation Lavery New Zealand Self-regulated learning for academic success: An evaluation of instructional techniques 2008 Setting standards for self-judgement 156 0 156 0.62
Book Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock USA Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement 2001 Cues/ brief overview of success 7 0 7 1.13
TOTAL/AVERAGE 163 0 163 0.88
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