How many distinct statements are in our performance expectations? Hundreds?
What if we limited each page to one statement -- only one expectation per page -- and this was tied to our 40 credits?
In that way,
1. We have a link between credits and some meaning we attach to them.
2. We have a built in metric for school improvement - how many more statements can we add for the second graduating class, the third, and so on ?
3. We have very few things to norm.
One (not the only) reason we have so many performance expectations was to give flexibility. But perhaps there are too many choices. Having too many things "up for grabs" is ultimately debilitating. It doesn't help as we intended it too, it stresses out everyone.
Check this link for a review by Orson Scott Card of the book "The Paradox of Choice" by Barry Schwartz.