Portrait of a Graduate Gallery

Portraits of Graduates vary in presentation and construction. Typical Portraits contain a small number of elements with descriptive language for each. Each of these elements is then divided into a set of competencies which are tangible learner-facing expectations for what a graduate knows and can do.

Outcome Frameworks

XQ Learner Outcomes

The five XQ Learner Outcomes provide a north star for students—propelling them to engage deeply in their own learning and to master the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges—and opportunities—that their futures hold.

Unique Callout: “Original Thinkers for an Uncertain World”

Durable Skills from America Succeeds

America Succeeds surveyed thousands of industry representatives to identify the 100 most desirable skills, as well as the top 10 most important skills for the future of work. 

Unique Callout: Growth Mindset

Portrait of a Powerful Graduate - Digital Promise

Potrait of a Powerful Graduate

Digital Promise analyzed 69 different Portraits from districts across the United States revealing six categories that capture 90 percent of attributes most important to districts nationwide.

Unique Callout: Collaborate Across Difference

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World Economic Forum: Top 10 Skills

According to the third edition of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, which maps the jobs and skills of the future, technology will rapidly alter the labor force.

Unique Callout: Self Management

Real World Learning Market Value Assets

A Kansas City regional initiative consists of local agreements between numerous districts and industry representation that result in credentials for valuable learning experiences.

Unique Callout: Entrepreneurial Experiences


Statewide Examples

Nevada Portrait of a Learner

“By asking thoughtful questions and encouraging students to reflect on what they are learning and why, we can empower them to create their OWN portraits of who they are and who they aspire to be. This approach fosters joy, creativity, and authenticity in the process and expressions of learning. Importantly, it also helps learners develop the self-awareness and resilience necessary to thrive in today’s world.”

Unique Callout: Structured through questions

Iowa’s Universal Constructs

Iowa’s Universal Constructs are defined in the Iowa Core as “competencies and habits of mind needed for future successes in careers, college, and citizenry.”

Unique Callout: Complex Communication

Profile of a South Carolina Graduate

South Carolina’s PoG is a comprehensive and holistic view of both a successful student and person.

Unique Callout: Sustain Wellness

Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate

The State of Utah has put together a continua of competencies mapped by age levels that largely align to the Durable Skills.

Unique Callout: Civic, Economic and Financial Literacies

Washington State Profile of a Graduate

The vision of a Washington State high school diploma is: “Students are ready for success in postsecondary education, gainful employment, citizenship, and are equipped with the skills to be lifelong learners.”

Unique Callout: Self-Agency

Wyoming Profile of a Graduate

This profile asks the question “What does it mean to be a Wyoming high school graduate nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century?”

Unique Callout: Emphasis on both Contribution and Thriving. 

North Carolina Portrait of a Graduate

The Portrait ensures that North Carolina students are well equipped for the broadest range of postsecondary opportunities, be it college, career, or military.

Unique Callout: Learner’s Mindset


Public School District Examples

Northern Cass Portrait of a Learner

Northern Cass is dedicated and passionate about relationships, learning and teaching, self-reflection, acknowledging greatness, and supporting the Northern Cass community.

Unique Callout: Adaptability

San Ramon Valley Strategic Directions

To supplement this strategic directions document, San Ramon Valley Unified School Districthas launched an initiative to embrace AI as a complement to leveraging digital in instructional design for deep learning and innovation. With this, educators can effectively develop the skills of the learner profile, integrate AI into their teaching practices, and create opportunities for deep learning and innovation.


Unique Callout: Deep Learning and Innovation

Bullitt County Graduate Profile

The Bullitt County Graduate Profile features durable skills such as communication, problem solving, mastery, a contributor to the community and collaboration.

Unique Callout: Self-Directed Navigator

Kettle Moraine Graduate Profile

The Kettle Moraine profile has six core competencies that stretch from K-12: Engaged Citizen, Communicator, Self-Directed & Resilient Individual, Continuous Learner, Collaborator, Creative & Critical Thinker.

Unique Callout: Resilience

Santa Ana Portrait of a Graduate

The Santa Ana Unified School District worked with parents, community and business partners to identify some unique descriptors of a graduate. Some of these outcomes are career communication, autonomy, confident spirit of inquiry.

Unique Callout: Architect of Their Own Life

Sonoma County Portrait of a Graduate

This PoG establishes a vision of what Sonoma County students need in order to be successful in our economy, in our community, and in life. This effort is made possible through a partnership between Career Technical Education Foundation of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Office of Education, and Cradle to Career Sonoma County.

Unique Callout: Ethics

Vista Unified Framework for the Future

The Framework for the Future highlights the key parts of the learner profile: kind, confident, curious, connected, capable and knowledgeable. Confidence is a key part of communicating future skills and competencies.

Unique Callout: Kind and Confident

Pasadena Graduate Profile

“Students are encouraged to explore academic disciplines while refining their individual talents and interests. Participation in athletics, extra-curricular activities, leadership, and community service is encouraged to foster personal and intellectual independence.”

Unique Callout: External & Internal Values: Culturally Competent Citizens

Lifelong Learning Spheres from Lindsay Unified School District

These spheres of living provide the focus for the Life-Long Learning Standards for students and have the capacity to drive all school curricula and to impact instruction. These standards include: A Well-Balanced Person (The Personal Sphere), A Self-Directed, Lifelong Learner (The Learning Sphere), A Caring, Compassionate Person (The Relationship Sphere), A Civic-Minded Person (The Civic Sphere), A Responsible Global Citizen (The Global Sphere), A Quality Producer & Resource Manager (The Economic Sphere), A Culturally Aware Person (The Cultural Sphere).

Unique Callout: A Quality Producer & Resource Manager


School Examples

One Stone’s Disruption Blob

The BLOB (Bold Learning Objectives) is a great roadmap for student voice and student agency.

Unique Callout: Voice.

Crosstown Competencies

Crosstown’s Competencies are painted up on the wall of the school, serving as a constant reminder of the various outcomes they strive for: Read Critically, Develop Self-Knowledge, Express Oneself, Engage as a Citizen and more.

Unique Callout: Sustain Wellness

DaVinci Rise Profile

The Da Vinci Rise Profile focuses on communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and citizenship. “We want kids not only to graduate. That’s not our only goal. It’s really that they graduate knowing who they want to be, knowing where they’re going, and having the support to get there.”


Unique Callout: Participates in the Democratic Process

Teton Science Schools Competencies

Teton Science focuses on place-based education to develop young people’s creativity, science, community and wellness skills.

Unique Callout: Innovation


Network Examples

Building 21

Building 21’s set of student competencies was originally developed in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Today it is an essential part of their Lab Schools and all schools in the Learning Innovation Network.

Unique Callout: Habits of Success

New Tech Learning Outcomes

New Tech Network is 200 schools that share grade span rubrics on PoG elements including agency, collaboration, knowledge and thinking, oral communication and written communication.

Unique Callout: Oral Communication

EL Education

EL Education brings to life a three-dimensional vision of achievement where students master Knowledge and Skills, develop Character, and create High Quality Work. This website explores one of these three dimensions to answer the question: What do we mean at EL Education when we say Character?

Unique Callout: Character