Student Learning Objectives
Updated September 2018
Student learning objectives (SLOs) are specific, measurable academic goals, for a particular group of students in an academic year and created by teachers in collaboration with their school leaders. SLOs can be used to measure student growth for teachers both in tested and non-tested grades. The 2018-19 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation will include one SLO worth 35% of the total evaluation.
School-based SLO ambassadors
To help teachers with the SLO process throughout the 2018-19 school year, SLO ambassadors are nominated for each school. SLO ambassadors serve as experts in a non-evaluative role, to guide teachers through the SLO process.
How can SLOs support effective teaching?
The process of setting data-informed student goals and monitoring progress against those goals is considered a best practice for teachers. SLOs promote this practice across schools and our district. Additional benefits include the following:
- SLOs promote reflective and collaborative teaching practice. Rich discussions about student learning that occur during and after SLO development and this practice may positively impact instruction. These discussions happen between teachers and their evaluators and among teachers, who work together based on grade-level, content area, or even interest in a certain area for professional development.
- Teachers perceive SLOs as relevant and empowering. The SLO process allows principals and teachers to influence how teachers are evaluated and design learning objectives that are customized to the context of each teacher’s course and students.
- SLOs promote aligned curriculum, assessment and standards. The SLO process typically requires teachers and principals to identify the standards of focus and to map out how assessment(s) will measure progress against those standards. In designing an SLO, a teacher must consider how his or her curriculum and instructional strategies will help students meet the standards.
- SLOs are adaptable to any teacher. Teachers of all grades and subjects can demonstrate their impact on student learning with SLOs because SLOs do not rely solely on standardized assessments
At a glance
- The 2018-19 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation includes one SLO worth 35% of the total evaluation.*
- SLOs are academic goals for student learning, customized to a teacher's particular students in accordance with guidance.
- SLOs are designed to support instruction.
* Without an approved exemption, teachers must have an approved SLO learning target and submit their student data in the appropriate electronic system. Failure to do so will result in a score of 25 on the SLO component of their 2018-19 evaluation.