Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Performance standards

core definition

Performance standards specify the level of attainment of knowledge and other skills and attributes appropriate to the field of study.

explanatory context


analytical review

Wojtczak (2002) states:

Performance or assessment standards define degrees of attainment of content standards and level of competencies in compliance with the professional requirements. Performance standards describe how well content has been learned.

McBrien & Brandt (1997, p. 93) state:

Performance standards specify what levels of learning are expected.

Georgia Department of Education (2009, p. 4) define performance standards as follows:

Georgia’s performance standards provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work. They define the level of work that demonstrates achievement of the standards, enabling a teacher to know how good is good enough. Performance standards isolate and identify the skills needed to use the knowledge and skills to problem-solve, reason, communicate, and make connections with other information. They also tell the teacher how to assess the extent to which the student understands the standard and can manipulate and apply the information. Performance standards incorporate the content standard….

Vlãsceanu et al., (2007, pp. 92–93) state:

Performance Standards: Levels of achievement that are deemed exemplary or appropriate, i.e. specifications of the required level of quality of a student’s work to meet the content standards. Performance standards shape expectations for educational outcomes.

associated issues

related areas

See also



external examiner



quality standard


standards monitoring


Georgia Department of Education, 2009, Georgia Performance Standards, Theatre Arts Education 18 June 2009, available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 28 June 2019.

McBrien, J.L. and Brandt, R.S. 1997, The Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Vlãsceanu, L.,  Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2007,  Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions ( Bucharest , UNESCO-CEPES) Revised and updated edition. ISBN 92-9069-186-7, available at, accessed 19 June 2019.

Wojtczak, A., 2002, Glossary of Medical Education Terms,, December, 2000, Revised February 2002, accessed 2 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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