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Educational Assessment: Using Student Learning Objectives to Promote Student Growth

Author(s): Alan Neville, Janeen Outka

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 78

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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.

Chapter 1 Assessment and Student Learning Objectives
Chapter 2 Assessment Cycle
Chapter 3 Prioritizing Learning Content
Chapter 4 Selecting and Developing Assessments to Measure Student Growth
Chapter 5 Analyzing Data and Developing a Baseline for Student Growth
Chapter 6 Writing Student Growth Goals
Chapter 7 Reflecting on Student Success and Informing Future Practice

Appendix A Student Learning Objective Process Guide
Appendix B

Alan Neville

Alan L. Neville serves as a Professor of Education at Northern State University. He has served as the department coordinator and department chair for the teacher education programs. He usually teaches courses in Educational Assessment, Native American studies, and Human Relations. He is an appointed member of the South Dakota Commission on Teaching & Learning and the South Dakota Department of Education Mentor Development Team. His collaboration with the state led to the implementation of Student Learning Objectives for teachers across the state. He began his professional career as a music teacher and later, high school principal. He is a veteran of the United States Army.

Janeen Outka

Janeen Outka serves as an Instructional Leader at Teachwell Solutions. She works as a School Improvement Specialist and Technical Advisor, coaching administrators and school district personnel in comprehensive improvement processes. Dr. Outka led a statewide implementation of Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Models, which included supervising school districts through the adoption and implementation of Student Learning Objectives and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching. She is also an adjunct instructor at Northern State University and South Dakota State University.

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