Research and Reports on Student Growth Measures

Research and Reports


Research and Reports

    Measuring Teachers' Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Non-Tested Grades and Subjects

     

    Resource: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED520722.pdf

    This is a research policy and brief developed to help states consider options for assessing student learning growth for the majority of teachers who teach content not assessed through standardized tests.  This is a very in-depth analysis of student learning measures, how they can be used to evaluate teacher performance, and the methods and challenges of implementing them.  The outline provides a quick reference guide, and each section is thorough and thought provoking:

    • Introduction
    • Measuring Growth
    • Factors for Consideration
    • Standardized Evidence Collection
    • State Guidance to Districts
    • Conclusion
    • References

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    State Council for Educator Effectiveness Report and Recommendations (p.70-86), for the Colorado State Board of Education

    Resource: www.cde.state.co.us/educatoreffectiveness/downloads/report%20&%20appendices/scee_final_report.pdf

     

    These pages within the State Council report recommend the use of Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) and sixty recommendations to the Colorado Board of Education regarding SGOs. The recommendations are:

    • Student Growth Objective Framework,
    • Attribution of Student Data among Teachers,
    • CDE Support for Selection of Student Growth Measures,
    • Analysis of Student Growth Data,
    • CDE Support for the Analysis of Student Growth Data, and
    • Weighting of Student Growth Measures

    Included in this report is a flow chart and matrix regarding teacher evaluation showing how to combine professional practice measures with student growth measures and how the final performance ratings can be calculated.

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    State Council for Educator Effectiveness; Technical Advisory Group; Measuring Student Growth Work Group, for the Colorado State Board of Education

    Resource: http://www.cde.state.co.us/EducatorEffectiveness/downloads/Report%20&%20appendices/SCEE_Report_Appendix_8f-TAG_Measuring_Student_Growth_Work_Group.pdf

    This document is found in the appendix of the 177 page report to the Colorado Board of Education (#8 of the appendix).  This report comes from SCEE workgroup that contains charts for required and supplementary assessments and measures by personnel type. One of the charts in this document is a flowchart for determining how to calculate student growth.  Also used is a table that describes which assessments are required and which are optional to use in evaluating teachers based on what assessments are available.   Information regarding the requirements, both for the assessments that are required and the optional assessments can also be found in this document.

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    Denver Public Schools - Career and Technology Education, Student Growth Objectives for Middle School Teachers

    Resource: http://curriculum.dpsk12.org/psp/PostSecondary/cte/pdfs/StudentGrowthObjMS-11-28-06.pdf

     

    This document provides six examples of SLOs as Denver schools want them to be.  Each SLO should include information on the following:

    • Objective
    • Rationale
    • Population
    • Interval of instructional time
    • Assessments
    • Expected fain or growth
    • Learning content
    • Strategies 

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    Denver Public Schools – Online Tool for Student Growth Objective

    Resource: http://sgoinfo.dpsk12.org/

     

    Denver Public Schools has launched an online tool for teachers to submit their Student Growth Objectives online, and this tool enables principals and teachers to correspond concerning their SGOs.

    The SLOs are broken up into four categories: School, Department (Central departments, ie: Nursing Services Department, NOT school departments), special project (district wide- special grant programs), and team (centrally located teams).  Whichever option is selected, the teacher then fills out each of the 7 components of the SGO.

    A neat feature is that the principal/evaluator can be given access by the teacher to view and even comment in the comments tab.  The potential for dialogue within the context of the SLO would help focus the discussion between the teacher and principal.

    There are three videos on the webpage- they provide walkthroughs on setting the right objective type/commenting, a walkthrough for teachers on how to fill out each component of the SLO, and a walkthrough for “Principal managers” to follow up with the SLOs of their teachers.

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    New York State Department of Education - Student Learning Objectives: Teacher Overview

    Resource: http://www.nassauboces.org/cms/lib5/NY18000988/Centricity/ModuleInstance/1734/slo-teacher-overview.pdf

     

    This document is currently being rewritten, but if you click on the link above you will be taken to the most current document we could find.  This 5-page overview explains how the new system of teacher evaluation will work, and how SLO’s fit in the evaluation.  Then they define SLO’s and provide an example of a SLO for a Spanish II class.  The final portion is an explanation of the benefits of using SLO’s. 

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    New York State District-wide Growth Goal Setting Process: Student Learning Objectives -Road Map for Districts: November 2011

    Resource:  http://engageny.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/slo-roadmap.pdf

    This deck of slides outlines the background of SLO’s in NY districts, the plan for implementing them in schools, and briefly mentions the local measures aspect of teacher evaluation and the next steps for implementing SLO’s.

    • Background
      • What principles make for effective SLOs
      • What components make up an SLO
    • Plan/Implementation
      • District priorities and needs
      • Which teachers used standard state assessments and which use SLOs
      • Rules for establishing SLOs and examples of SLOs
      • How to evaluate teachers using SLO results
      • How to select, review and assess SLO assessments
    • Local measure of assessment option (explanation and examples)
    • Next steps (Dec 2011-Summer 2012)

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    NHPS Teacher Evaluation and Development – Student Learning Goals

    Resource: http://www.nhps.net/sites/default/files/8__Student_Learning_Growth_-_Goal_Setting_Introduction_100825.pdf

     

    This webpage for NHPS explains the purpose of Student Learning Goals and how to select quality goals, the process of implementing these goals, and the different assessments used to measure student learning, and whether or not the goals are met. There is a table that provides a detailed chart of NHPS teaching areas (9 groups based on the age and content they teach), yearly growth measures to be used, and long term growth measures.  This site also provides detailed examples of student learning goals, including which assessments will measure the success of each goal.  

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    Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Office of Educator Quality and Certification; Student Learning Objectives

    Resource: http://www.ride.ri.gov/EducatorQuality/EducatorEvaluation/SLO.aspx

    This is the Rhode Island Department of Education website with resources for understanding SLOs and examples of SLOs for both principals and teachers.  It has a lot of material on SLO’s and several of the prominent ones are included below:

    • Key Messages for Student Learning Objectives: a description of the purposes of instituting SLOs.
    • Student Learning Objectives- Frequently Asked Questions; FAQ’s broken down into process, context, questions and concerns.  These questions provide clarity in understanding the process of teacher evaluation using SLOs.
    • Questions to Ask when Setting/Approving SLOs; includes sections regarding priority of content, quality of evidence, and rigor of target sections
    • Student Learning Objectives- Special Education: Frequently Asked Questions ; detailed information on how special educators should set SLOs, including explanations for having more than one teacher in the classroom, teaching multiple grades, teaching behavioral skills, etc.
    • Student Learning Objectives- Teachers Guidance: chart for teachers explaining/defining each portion that is included in a SLO.  These topics include: objective, rationale, aligned standards, students, interval of instruction, targets and evidence, rational for targets, administration and scoring, approval of objective, results, and scoring.
    • Student Learning Objective- Administrator Guidance; chart for teachers explaining/defining each portion that is included in a SLO.  These topics include objective, rationale, students, interval of instruction, targets and evidence, rational for targets, administration and scoring, approval of objective, results, and scoring.

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    Austin Independent School District: REACH Program Website

    Resource: http://archive.austinisd.org/inside/initiatives/compensation/index.phtml

    This webpage contains information on the REACH program (Student Learning Objectives combined with teacher incentive pay) - which was recently given a $62 million dollar grant from the US Department of Education.  REACH has completed the fourth year pilot program and includes 26 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 6 high schools for the 2012-2013 school year. 

    The following resources (along with others) from Austin’s REACH Program can be found on the left-hand side of the website:

    • What is AISD REACH?  Lists PDF updates/reports on the progress of the program, including participant feedback, internal evaluations, and reports/results for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years.
    • The Program Overview has a breakdown of the categories and compensation amounts for each portion of the REACH program.  This is a good overview for teachers to see what is expected of them and how much they money can be earned for each portion of the program.
    • The Student Learning Objectives link provides the REACH manual for SLO’s including the structure of the REACH program (timelines and requirements) for creating, accomplishing, and evaluating SLO’s. There are also guides, rubrics, and examples of SLO’s pertaining to the REACH program.  This is the main section of webpage for finding information on the program and the details regarding the measures of student achievement.
    • The REACH Teacher and Principal Evaluation System link contains the breakdown of how teachers are evaluated: what criteria and how the criteria are weighted.  It also contains the evaluation handbook which details how teachers are evaluated, the timeline for evaluations throughout the year, as well as the criteria for the teacher observations.
    • There is information about mentoring and peer reviews which are being implementing in the program.
    • The Research and Evaluation link provides data on the impact of the program, the report of school/teacher performance is broken down by the number of SLO’s met, etc.

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