Educational Assessment: Using Student Learning Objectives to Promote Student Growth

Author(s): Alan Neville, Janeen Outka

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 130


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How do educators know when students have mastered important content? Effective educators know they must find the perfect balance of selecting priority standards and carefully identifying high-quality assessments that accurately gauge student progress, while also meeting the needs of diverse learners. Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) provide a formalized, but flexible process for educators to document student growth and mastery.

The SLO process guides educators in using data-driven decision making as they focus on what their students need to know, what they know now, and the curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments that will drive mastery of content.

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 led many states to research alternative methods of documenting student growth and progress on rigorous standards. This work initiated the development of the SLO process and its continued implementation. As of spring 2015, more than 30 states have implemented SLOs as part of their teacher effectiveness models.

Educational Assessment: Using Student Learning Objectives to Promote Student Growth provides educators at all levels with the tools to implement Student Learning Objectives in the classroom, school, district, or as a state-level initiative. SLOs go far beyond assessing and documenting student growth. The SLO process promotes:

  • best practice in curriculum and standards alignment.
  • data-driven decision making in planning, instructing, and assessing students.
  • educator knowledge and skill in meeting student needs.
  • educator collaboration.
  • connections between teacher practice and student learning.

The authors believe that Student Learning Objectives offer a valid, reliable, and sound assessment process that enables educators to formally measure student growth.

About the Authors

Introduction to the Second Edition

Chapter 1 Assessment and Student Learning Objectives

Chapter 2 Assessment Cycle

Chapter 3 Grading Practices

Chapter 4 Prioritizing Learning Content

Chapter 5 Selecting and Developing Assessments to Measure Student Growth

SLO Assessment Planning Guide

Assessment Quality Checklist

Performance-Based Assessment Checklist

Webb Leveling: Expectations for Student Performance

Assessment Blueprint

Chapter 6 Analyzing Data and Developing a Baseline for Student Growth

Chapter 7 Writing Student Growth Goals

Chapter 8 Reflecting on Student Success and Informing Future Practice

Appendix A SLO Quality Checklist

Appendix B Core Content SLO Examples

High School U.S. History-Differentiated Growth Goal

5th Grade Earth and Space Science-Performance Task Assessment

1st Grade Math Team-Tiered Growth Goal

Grade Seven Writing-Mastery Growth Goal

Appendix C Non-Core Content SLO Examples

Grade 8 Vocal Music Ensemble

Grade 2 Visual Arts

High School Welding Technology

6th grade Physical Education     

Alan Neville

Alan L. Neville has worked as a public-school administrator, teacher, and Professor of Education. He currently serves as a member of the South Dakota Department of Education’s Mentor Development Team and Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board and is an appointed member of the statewide Distance Learning Task Force. He conducts presentations and writes on topics related to educational assessment, teacher mentoring, and Native American studies, especially Lakota/Dakota/Nakota. He is a veteran of the United States Army.

Janeen Outka

Janeen Outka serves as a School Improvement Specialist and District Technical Advisor, coaching administrators and teachers in comprehensive school improvement processes and teacher and principal effectiveness.  Dr. Outka is also an adjunct instructor at Northern State University.  She conducts presentations and writes on topics related to assessment, data analysis, curriculum alignment, and teacher mentoring.

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