Introduction to SLOs
Definition: SLOs are grade/course specific learning objectives describing what students should know and be able to do at the end of the grade or course. SLOs are rigorous but realistic learning objectives that can be measured over a period of time to document learning for groups of students.SLOs have three primary components:
- Learning Goal – describes what students will know and be able to do at the end of the instructional period.
- Assessment – measures the knowledge and skills identified in the learning goal.
- Target – identifies expected student growth during the instructional period.
How can SLOs help improve my practice? SLOs simply formalize what effective teachers already do – set standards-based learning goals for students, use quality assessments to gather data and monitor progress towards those goals, adjust instruction and evaluate the extent to which learning goals are achieved. Plus, SLOs make visible the impact of all effective teachers, not just those using standardized tests.
Who is required to do SLOs? All educators, regardless of what subject or grade level they teach, are required to use SLOs to measure student academic growth.
How can I be sure I will be ready to include SLOs in my evaluation? Your association will be with you every step of the way! Attend association-sponsored 10-minute building meetings throughout the year to network with other educators and learn about the teaching standards and SLOs. Visit the UEA members-only website for details on the evaluation system. Participate in assessment literacy workshops led by UEA-trained facilitators. Explore your UEA Evaluation Toolkit for helpful resources.
Contact your local president or UniServ office for more details about Educators Taking the Lead resources.