SCEE members will have the opportunity to learn about Student Learning Objectives in a special webinar held on August 16 from 12:00 to 1:00 EDT. This webinar is the second webinar in a series that begins on August 14 with a webinar on Non-Tested Grades and Subjects. The August 16 webinar will feature Scott Marion of the Center for Assessment. As preparation for this webinar Scott is providing is an updated paper, "Considerations for Analyzing Educators' Contributions to Students Learning in Non-text Subjects and Grades with a Focus on Student Learning Objectives" for the pre-reading. You may find the pre-reading HERE.
Scott will share his experiences in working with states and districts to implement Student Learning Objectives as a strategy to improve teaching and learning and to provide another source of data for teacher evaluation systems. Scott will point out some of the benefits of SLOs as well as some of the cautions in using this type of measurement in making high stakes decisions about teacher performance.
This webinar will showcase a framework of key decision points and offer a set of questions states should address in designing evaluation systems that reflect measures of growth for all teachers. Scott and representatives from selected states that have experience in working with SLOs will engage in a dialogue around questions such as:
- How might states monitor outcomes to ensure fidelity to the evaluation model and overall system fidelity?
- What is being learned about SLOs as pilots are being studied?
- What are the various roles states play in establishing regulations, setting up systems of supports, and monitoring?
- What are critical issues that states face in implementing SLOs?
- What policy actions and systems-level supports are needed for SLOs to be used for accountability purposes by documenting student performance from NTSG and as a powerful strategy for improving student learning?
SCEE members will benefit from this webinar by learning from each other and from Scott about the critical considerations pertaining to using SLO for attributing student performance to educators in an evaluation system. Those interested in additional information, approaches and considerations are welcomed to access two additional background readings that Scott is making available to us, which includes:
- "Approaches and Considerations for Incorporating Student Performance Results from Non-Tested Grades into Educator Effectiveness Determinations," found HERE.
- "A Survey of Approaches Used to Evaluate Educators in Non-Test Grades and Subjects," found HERE.
The SCEE teams are welcome to invite assessment experts who are responsible for developing student performance measures to attend this webinar.
Prior to the webinar, SCEE members are welcome to submit questions to the SCEE discussion thread in SCEE Overall or simply comment to this blog post.