Washoe Country School District

July 24, 2014

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Student Learning Objectives

 

Overview

 

 Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are long-term goals for student growth set by the teacher at the beginning of a course of study. Growth goals are set after a thorough review of students’ baseline data, developed through consultation and collaboration with colleagues, and approved by administration and a site based SLO team. Certified staff will set and assess two SLOs over the school year. 

    

Why SLOs

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 391 requires the use of student data as a component in determing educator effectiveness.  WCSD has piloted SLOs as a means for gathering class-level data.  SLOs require teachers to be explicit about their instructional practice and tie that practice to student growth measures through the collaborative development of long-term student learning goals, driven by data, and grounded in standards-based instruction.  Through the continuing, iterative process, educators partner in the development, implementation, and results analysis of instruction and outcomes, focused on improving both student achievement and educator instructional practice. 
 
Both longitudinal studies and other emerging research on SLOs point to improved teacher practice and increased student achievement when done well.
 
Currently, SLOs are in pilot implementation at TIF 4 schools and will roll out to a number of schools (to be determined) in 2014-2015.  The SLO process is aligned to and supports WCSD professional expectations expressed in the Professional Growth System and reinforces standards implementation, peer collaboration, and current professional learning initiatives. 

 

Process

Working in professional learning communities or with job-alike peers as available, the teacher crafts a Student Learning Objective.  To meet the goals of the SLO, the teacher writes an explicit, strategic instructional plan which includes six elements:  learning content, assessment, student population, instructional strategies, growth targets, and interval of instruction. 
 
The teachers's SLO is reviewed by a Site-based Approval Team made up of staff members and an administrator.  The Site-based Approval Team provides formative feedback to the teacher to guide the development of the instructional plan in the SLO.  The feedback process ensures that the SLO is viable and will lead to student growth.  After the review process, the teacher implements the plan by beginning the instructional interval.
 
During the interval, the teacher reflects on progress and collaborates with peers on the formative process.  A mid-process check is completed with an administrator.  At the completion of the interval, the teacher collects student data, completes the results analysis of the student achievement and reviews this with an administrator. 
 
Introductory Video
 

Important Dates

SLO 1 -- Completed
SLO 2-- Suggested Timeline for SLO 2 Cycle
 

Resources

WCSD SLO Handbook
SLO Form 
SLO Quality Rubric  
SLO Quality Rubric- Supplemental
SLO Quality Feedback Form
SLO Model Overview
Connections to Teacher Practice
Site-Based Approval Team Guiding Questions (for fillable version see SharePoint or email)
Target Setting Approaches
Guiding Questions
SLOs with ELLs Guiding Questions
Formative Assessment Resources
Support Videos
 

SLO Samples

Grade 7 ELA
 
Steering Committee SLO Guidance Decisions