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ERIC Number: ED567833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
NWEA Guidance on the Creation of Student Learning Objectives
Northwest Evaluation Association
Over the past few years, federal and state education policies have shifted to require teachers to set student growth goals. This was intended, in part, to focus more attention on and strengthen accountability for improving student outcomes. These goals are typically part of a teacher evaluation process that combines a teacher's attainment of student growth goals with observations of the teacher's performance. Some evaluation systems also require teacher professional development goals. These policies then determine a teacher's rating based on a predetermined combination of the student growth goals and the observations, while putting minimal (if any) weight on any professional development goals. Since the majority of teachers do not teach in subjects and grades where students are required to take state tests, these teachers are required to set student growth goals using other rigorous evidence of student growth. These goals are often referred to as Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). In general, the creation of SLOs requires: (1) An understanding of how setting goals can improve educator performance; (2) A moderate level of assessment literacy for teachers and administrators; (3) A commitment to collaborative discussions between teachers and principals within the SLOsetting process; and, (4) A similar level of challenge across all the SLOs created, as well as similarity between the difficulty of SLOs and difficulty of achieving the results determined by other means (e.g., value-added ratings generated with state test data). Not only do the definitions of SLOs vary across the country, the requirements for the content of SLOs vary as well, with some more aligned than others with the body of research on how goal setting can improve performance. This document focuses on the research, policies, and practices necessary for appropriate development and implementation of SLOs. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Evaluation Association