When writing a terminal objective, the training setting must be considered. The training setting
selected should be consistent with the task, but balanced against available resources and
facility constraints. Guidance on writing learning objectives is contained in the DOE Guide to
Good Practices for Developing Learning Objectives.
Training/Evaluation Standards (TES)
A training/evaluation standard (or equivalent document) is developed for each task selected for
training. The TES specifies elements, criteria, and conditions required for adequate task
performance. Each TES contains two parts: a training standard and an evaluation standard.
The training standard contains the task title, the terminal and enabling learning objectives, and
any applicable references. The information in the training standard is used to establish
entry-level requirements and forms the basis for training development activities. The
evaluation standard contains a performance test that includes prerequisites (to measure the
trainee's knowledge and skills on each task), amplifying conditions and standards, and
instructions to the trainee and the evaluator. The evaluation standard defines the conditions
(cues) that signal a person to perform a specific task, establishes conditions under which
actions occur, and establishes standards that measure knowledge and performance. It may
be practical to combine the information contained in the training and evaluation standards into
one document or include it in a qualification card or checklist. Figure 1 depicts the relationship
of a task to a terminal objective to a TES and the output of the TES.