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ERIC Number: ED565765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Student Learning Objectives as Measures of Educator Effectiveness: The Basics
Lachlan-Haché, Lisa; Cushing, Ellen; Bivona, Lauren
American Institutes for Research
AIR is working with states and districts across the country to improve teacher evaluation and feedback. Our work is focused on designing systems of educator evaluation and compensation that incorporate multiple measures of performance and, in particular, measures of student growth. In this work, student learning objectives (SLOs) have emerged as a novel approach to measuring student growth, particularly for the majority of educators not covered by a state standardized assessment (Prince et al., 2009). In this paper, we offer some ideas for states and districts that are considering the use of SLOs to measure student growth, including a basic description of SLOs, highlights of the SLO development process, and a discussion of their function within the evaluation cycle. The following are appended: (1) SLO Examples; (2) Austin Independent School District SLO Timeline; (3) Georgia Department of Education Data Source Guidance for Determining Growth Targets; (4) Sample Template for the Analysis of Student Data; (5) Student Learning Objective (SLO) Template Checklist; (6) End-of-Year Reflection for Educators; and (7) Additional Resources for SLO Examples, Checklists, and Timelines.
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research (AIR)
IES Cited: ED561236