Student Learning Objectives
Educators and policymakers agree that measuring both student growth and attainment is paramount in evaluating the impact of public schools on student learning. TxCEE leads districts in utilizing fair, consistent, and accurate measures for determining student growth outcomes. We recognize that teachers want to ensure that all students are being considered in growth analysis and that credit is given for extensive student growth, even if the student has not quite met the required level to pass the state assessment. In addition, student progress should be valued and rewarded.
TxCEE drew upon research and lessons learned from a number of districts and states across the country to develop a Student Learning Objective (SLO) process that can be used to measure growth in every classroom. TxCEE’s SLO process, which is aligned with Texas state standards, has been adopted in over 40 school districts across the state.
Why use an SLO?
Research has shown that using data to set goals for student growth leads to greater academic growth and performance by students. SLOs provide a way for teachers to measure students’ progress while improving their instructional practice.
- SLOs formalize effective teaching practices through setting goals, using data to monitor and assess progress, and adjusting instruction based on results.
- SLOs are flexible, adaptable, and allow all teachers an opportunity to measure their practice since they are not dependent on state or district assessments.
- SLOs value educators and allow them to share their expertise in content knowledge, assessment literacy, data use, and progress monitoring.
- SLOs promote collaboration and reflection allowing teachers to share with their teams and colleagues to improve practice and student achievement.
- SLOs tie best practices to student learning and encourage educators to set high expectations for students.
(Lachlan-Hache, 2012; Reform Support Network, 2014)