Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
For 2016-17 and beyond, the approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) states that teachers whose courses end in a state assessment, not including the 3-8 ELA and math assessments, will be required to set Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). All other teachers will receive a district-wide score using Regents results. The list below, identifies teachers by type and illustrates how they will be evaluated under the Student Growth Component of the new APPR:
TEACHERS OF 4-8 ELA & MATH
- Who? Common Branch Teachers of grades 4 & 5; Grade 6-8 ELA; Grade 6-8 Math Teachers
- How? State Provided Growth Score (SPG) - CURRENTLY UNDER A MORATORIUM (3 years)
- For 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, teachers will receive the same score as all ‘Other’ teachers across the district. The score will be based on the results of a District-Wide Student Learning Objective (SLO) goals on all Regents Exams.
TEACHERS OF GR 3 ELA/MATH
- Who? Common Branch Teachers of grade 3
- How? Student Learning Objective (SLO based on Gr 3 NYS ELA/math) - CURRENTLY UNDER A MORATORIUM (3 years)
- For 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, teachers will receive the same score as all ‘Other’ teachers across the district. The score will be based on the results of Student Learning Objective (SLO) goals on all Regents Exams.
TEACHERS OF COURSES WITH REGENTS OR STATE EXAMS OTHER THAN 3-8 ELA & MATH
- Who? Gr 8 Science; Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Global 2, US History, ELA 11, CC Algebra 1, CC Geometry, CC Algebra 2, NYSSA, NYSESLAT
- How? Student Learning Objective (SLO based on end of course Regents Exams)
ALL OTHER TEACHERS
- Who? K-2 Teachers; Special Area Teachers; Grades 6-8 Social Studies; Gr 6-7 Science; ELA 9, 10, 12; Global 1; Eco/Civics; AP Teachers; Consultant Teachers; AIS/Reading or Math Specialists
- How? District-Wide Student Learning Objective (SLO) based on the results of all Regents Exams
For more information about SLOs and APPR, please review the 2016-17 Teacher APPR Guidebook.
Setting Student Learning Objective (SLO) Targets
The SLO target setting process must support meaningful, rigorous goal-setting, and ensure that we are aligned to the district's vision for quality teaching and learning, guide instructional practices for improving student growth and achievement, and track goals and use them to inform improvement.
The target setting process will include the following steps:
- For each course, a minimum of three data points will be collected for each student. These data points could include historical data (course grades, assessment results, post tests), diagnostic data (STAR reading, Dibels), or formative data (unit test, assignment grade).
- Data points will be organized and color coded based on the level of proficiency (Level 1 = red; Level 2 = yellow; Level 3 = green; Level 4 = blue).
- Collaboratively, teams will set targets according to the trends presented in the data and their knowledge of the whole student. [Targets will be identified in the yellow column of the SLO worksheet]
- For any targets set that are lower the proficiency (Level 3 or 65), anecdotal data will be provided describing the specific circumstances and reasons for the determination.
- SLO worksheets should be completed and submitted to the District Office by October 30th.