SLO (Student Learning Objectives) Support

With the expiration of Safe Harbor provisions, Value Added (VA) scores ARE factored into teacher evaluations.  Kent City Schools teachers are in one of several possible categories. See category descriptions below.

If you are Category A2 or Category  C, keep reading for guidance on the completion of your SLO. Recall that the SLO is for YOU to be able to demonstrate YOUR impact on student learning!   You are welcome to complete more than one SLO if you feel it would better reflect the work you do with your students. This page is designed to help you with the process and to answer questions…

Ohio Department of Education webpage on Student Learning Objectives: there is a LOT of information and guidance here, including for non-typical courses/ circumstances. You may find the FAQs to be helpful. Direct page for examples SLO 2017- Teacher Update

SLO 2018- Teacher Update

SLO_Template – Hints for your SLO sections (updated 10-14-15)

SLO Review Team Slides 2017

  • CATEGORY A1: If 100% of the teacher’s schedule is made up of courses that yield Value-Added scores, the entire SGM will be derived from VA and NO SLO will be submitted.
  • CATEGORY A2: If a portion, but less than 100%, of the teacher’s schedule is made up of courses that yield Value-Added scores, per Agreement, 20% of the SGM will come from VA and the teacher will submit at least ONE SLO to calculate for the remaining 80%. Any educator is welcome to write and submit more than one if he or she chooses.
  • CATEGORY C: If a teacher’s schedule includes NO courses that yield Value-Added scores, the teacher will submit at least ONE SLO to calculate the entire SGM. Any educator is welcome to write and submit more than one if he or she chooses.

BY OCTOBER 1, for EACH SLO:
SLO Template: Complete this and turn it in to your Department/ Grade level chair. 
– Elementary teachers can find their grade-level approved templates here
– You will already have given the pre-assessment! Document individual student pre-assessment data on the SLO-Scoring-Template and turn in a copy with your SLO. (Keep your original!)
– Be sure to describe all components; use the SLO_Checklist to make sure your SLO template is complete. 
– Extensions may be granted only by your administrator

After October 1:
– Your SLO will be reviewed by a team of educators and either approved or returned for revision

PLAN to time your post-assessment for a time that is practical  while working around testing, breaks, device availability, etc.  SET your growth targets to reflect when this post-assessment is given, not year-end.

BY APRIL 15:
– For each SLO, compile post-assessment data on the SLO Scoring Template from the fall and follow instructions to calculate student growth target achievement.  Turn THIS form in to your evaluating administrator.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  1. Who will review and approve my SLOs? The department/ grade level leaders will review the individual SLOs.  Even though most SLO templates will be common across grades/ courses, teachers will still tailor their own documents to reflect the data of their own students. If your teaching assignment spans grade bands, submit to the band that is more reflective of your schedule.
  2. How do I know if my SLO is on-track for approval? Be sure to review your SLO with the checklist; it is better to include too much than too little information, but it does not not need to be lengthy.  See this HINTs template that compiles guidance from ODE and other consultants.
  3. What if my SLO is not approved? If this is the case, it is most likely because either it is lacking some descriptive information OR the growth targets are not appropriate or the rationale is incomplete.  You will be able to revise and re-submit; you would not re-“pre-assess”.  It is possible that an SLO would be returned for inadequate content, such as being far too narrow, and that might mean re-starting; if you are concerned that your SLO could be returned for this reason, please seek assistance now!
  4. What if my course is quarter or semester long? Your SLO will cover the population for the duration of the course (even if over multiple sections at a particular time) but would not include two sections taught in different semesters.  For a fall semester you will give your post-assessment in December but will not need to turn in the scoring template until April. For a spring semester course you want to ensure that your post-assessment only measures expected growth in the course through early April, which would be different growth than a fall course that allows for the full scope of the content.  Seek input from your administrator about what you feel best represents your impact on student learning.
  5. I heard SLOs are going away – do I have to do them? Evert year there are changes and a possibility of eliminating some part of OTES altogether.  NOTHING is changing for this year, so… yes.
  6. Which/ How many students need to be on my SLO?  
    1. You must have a minimum of 6 students on your roster to create an SLO.  The state expects the combination of grade levels if needed to get 6.  If you have fewer than 6 students you will not generate SLO data and your OTES evaluation will be 100% performance and no SGM.  See the “Business Rules” on the ODE page for more guidance.
    2. All of the students in the course described in the SLO will be included; if you teach 2 sections of a course, then all students from both sections will be in the SLO.
    3. The exclusion of students from an SLO should be extremely rare, and only in cases where, in analyzing the pre-assessment data, a student/s has/have such exceptional needs that their learning cannot be captured by the SLO that has been developed.  This must be explained in the Student Population section. If you are able to show ANY growth they should be included.

Please get in touch with your department/ grade level colleagues, your administrators, or with Karen Rumley to discuss your questions.