SOLO Taxonomy at Prebbleton School

SOLO shows students’ learning outcomes at five levels.

What does SOLO stand for?

SOLO is an acronym for the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome.

What is SOLO Taxonomy?

SOLO is a model or taxonomy of learning. The SOLO model classifies students’ learning outcomes from any activity, unit or classroom programme. 

Teachers and students can use it to easily sort learning outcomes into three levels of knowledge: 
 ·      surface knowledge
 ·      deep knowledge
 ·      conceptual (or constructed) knowledge.

What does SOLO do?

The SOLO model makes clear to students and teachers alike what the learning outcomes of an activity, unit or classroom programme are. In the SOLO model, a student’s learning outcome may be understanding at any one of five levels of complexity: no idea, one idea, loose ideas, connected ideas, extended ideas. Teachers can use SOLO to design differentiated learning tasks and to create differentiated success criteria. 

They can use it with any topic to: 
 ·      plan the level of learning required for that topic
 ·      assess the extent to which each student has reached that level
 ·      make decisions on next steps for learning.    

How will SOLO benefit my child?

Teachers have found that using SOLO in the classroom is a powerful approach because it helps students see that their learning outcomes are due to their efforts and strategies rather than luck or fixed ability. 

My learning outcome is due to my efforts to bring in ideas, relate ideas and or extend ideas. 

I used the following effective strategies to help me bring in ideas, relate ideas and/or extend ideas. (SOLO Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Maps and self-assessment rubrics, thinking skills or e-learning) In this way, SOLO supports students in developing metacognition, self-regulation, self-efficacy, engagement and resilience when learning.  

What are the five SOLO levels of understanding?