Steps for Designing a Local Student Growth Measures Plan

The following is a suggested process for local educational agencies (LEAs) to create a plan for designing their local student growth measures (SGM) component.

Step 1: Conduct an inventory of needs and resources.

  1. Explore opportunities for collaboration with other LEAs, educational service centers (ESCs) and higher education institutions within your community and/or region.
  2. Assemble a local team to design the SGM plan and work to communicate with staff, receive input, and assist with required tasks.
  3. Determine which teachers on staff are required to be evaluated by the new system.
  4. Categorize those teachers into three groups: those with teacher‐level EVAAS Value‐Added data, those with data from assessments on the ODE approved vendor list, and those with no Value‐Added or approved vendor data.
    Within each category, note any special considerations that may impact the plan, such as:
    • The amount of time teachers spend with specific groups of children; 
    • Part‐time and multiple building assignments; and 
    • Teachers on special assignment.
  5. Determine available assessments and develop a list of assessments and other data that are appropriate for use in combination with SLOs in various grade levels and content areas within your LEA.

Step 2: Determine and create (if necessary) student growth measures to be used.

  1. Determine what percentages your LEA will attribute to Value‐Added data, assessments from the ODE approved list and local measures within each category. (Category A1 and A2 teachers shall attribute the Value‐ Added dimension at the weighted percentage required by law.) 
  2. Determine how the LEA will implement the local measures process:
    • Will shared attribution measures be included?
    • Who is required to create SLOs?
    • Within the guidelines of 2‐4 SLOs, how many SLOs are required of each teacher?
    • Who will be approving the SLOs?
    • How SLOs be tracked from submission, through revisions, and to final approval?
    • What guidance, training and support will be provided to teachers and evaluators?

Step 3: Communicate expectations and refine the entire process.

  1. Design communication plans, training, and professional development opportunities around requirements and implementation for teachers and their evaluators.
  2. Implement the locally developed student growth measures process, allowing multiple opportunities for teachers to collaborate, discuss their questions and concerns with administrators, and share promising practices with one another.

Last Modified: 9/1/2015 3:13:55 PM