Student Learning Objectives

Many SCEE members are in the process of developing and implementing systems of educator evaluation and compensation that incorporate multiple measures of performance, including measures of student growth. Measuring teachers' contributions to student achievement in non-tested subjects and grades has proven to be challenging to state and district leaders who are responsible for including all teachers in evaluation systems.  For educators who teach in grades and subjects not covered by a state standardized assessment, SLOs have become a promising and widely used assessment approach. 

A 2012 American Institutes for Research (AIR) paper states that nearly half of the states require, recommend, or identify SLOs as an example of student in growth. Reformed evaluation systems use the SLOs approach to establish learning goals for individual or groups of students, monitor students' progress toward these goals, evaluate the degree to which students achieve the goals, and then incorporate these student performance results into the evaluations of teachers.

Additional reports, articles, and tools pertaining to SLOs identified by Educators in Residence and other SCEE team members are posted in the modules below.


August 2012

SCEE hosted a special follow-up webinar showcasing a framework of key decision points and offering a set of questions states should address in designing evaluation systems that reflect measures of growth for all teachers. Read more details about the webinar HERE.

March 2013

The March webinar, "Student Learning Objectives: State Roles" continued the conversation started during our August 16 webinar. In addition to reviewing key concepts, clarifying key terms, and describing of the ideal process for developing and using Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), we spent a considerable amount of time focused on few key issues. More outcomes of the webinar can be found in this blog.



The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders offers a (GTL Center), a nationally recognized technical assistance provider operated by experts including AIR staff, senior advisors, and staff from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Public Impact (PI), offers a comprehensive set of SLO resources.

Introduction to Student Learning Objectives: GTL Center offers a professional learning module about SLOs. The resource is an introductory guide to learning objectives. Seven hours of material, including hands-on activities, inform state and district leaders about the implementation process. Click HERE for view materials.

See GTL Center's Student Learning Objectives Resource Library. The SLO Library offers guidance publications and research on designing SLO processes, planning tools, state and district examples, and an archive of SLO presentations and webinars.Click the following links for quick access to SLO resources from GTL Center.

SLO Chart 

1. SLO Publications

2. SLO Examples

3. SLO Presentations

4. SLO Guidebooks

5. SLO Tools

6. SLO Webinars



The Reform Support Network (RSN) and the Technical Assistance team of the Implementation and Support Unit (ISU), designed a list of readings that fulfill the RSN's main objective -- assisting leaders with implementation practices and sustaining the capacity for change. The complete list of resources is located HERE.

Several publications delibarate questions about student learning objectives. The reports below highlight several resources. Visit the SCEE file cabinet to view additional materials. 

The RSN designed this toolkit to help States and school districts implement student learning objectives (SLOs) with the highest degree of quality. The toolkit has three major objectives: provide information on SLO design and implementation approaches to support States' decisions about how to ensure high-quality, sustainable implementation of SLOs, provide easy access to tools and resources that States can learn from and adapt, and promote interaction and custom viewing of toolkit content based on each users' needs.  

  • A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives 2.0 

    The RSN designed the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Toolkit to help States and school districts implement SLOs with the highest degree of quality. This updated version features over 100 State and district resources related to making SLO policy choices, providing SLO tools, selecting or creating assessments and setting targets, communicating with teachers and principals, training district staff and school administers and ensuring continuous improvement. Audiences can access the toolkit in two ways: 1) download a PDF document that contains hyperlinks to State resources and includes an at-a-glance list of resources or 2) browse the SLO Toolkit Online by topic, resource type and State. The RSN has also published a Communications Workbook as a companion to the new SLO Toolkit. The Communications Workbook aims to help States reflect on the quality of their communications content, format and delivery to increase educator understanding of SLO purpose and process.

The RSN designed this toolkit to help States and school districts implement student learning objectives (SLOs) with the highest degree of quality. The toolkit contains templates, guidance documents, sample SLOs and other tools, which States and school districts can select or adapt for their own purposes as they implement a system of quality control.

Several states have developed methods for using SLOs as a tool to incorporate
measures of student growth for non-tested grades and subjects (NTGS) in their evaluation systems. The RSN designed this report to chart how states make this happen.


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