Informal goals typically focus on less important tasks for the student, but that doesn't mean that the work to meet these benchmarks isn't important. The ASPIRA Association, a group focused on academic achievement for Hispanic students, notes that assessment to evaluate informal goals doesn't offer a "comparison to a broader group beyond the student," but the evaluation does provide important insights into the actions of a single elementary student. Sample informal goals include greater enjoyment of a class subject, accepting personal challenges and developing personal organization. These goals allow an overall evaluation that challenges formal measurement, but improvement can be judged on a general scale using assessments such as "good," "acceptable" or "needs more improvement," according to the Pennsylvania ABLE Staff, an education resource program for classroom teachers.
NCDAE is proud to lead a grant effort sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The project, Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-Study (GOALS) will capitalize on the products of an existing GOALS project and focus on motivations of top administrators to choose to engage in self-study and continuous improvement on web accessibility. This information will then help the GOALS partners to create blueprints that will help promote adoption of institutional web accessibility in higher education.