Research and Reports on Student Growth Measures

Research and Reports


Research and Reports

    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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    Denver Public Schools – Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

    Resource: http://testing.dpsk12.org/resources/SLO.html

    Updated in January 2015, the Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) section of the Denver Public Schools website provides general information about SLOs, resources to support the SLO process, sample SLOs, conversation protocols for leaders, and user guides for the online SLO tool which enables principals and teachers to correspond concerning their SLOs.

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    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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    New York State Department of Education – Student Learning Objectives

    Resource: https://www.engageny.org/resource/student-learning-objectives

    The New York State Department of Education provides resources for districts as they continue to implement Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). The extensive resources include an overview of SLOs, sample SLOs from the field, target setting models and analysis of SLO results.

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

    Resource: https://www.engageny.org/file/396/download/slo-roadmap.pdf?token=G_d-1I6K6Or6YE4daFrhIAxly0TkFdSBf15S7VcFt-Q

    This slide deck outlines the background of SLOs in New York districts, the plan for implementing them in schools, and the use of SLO results in the evaluation process.

    Background

    • What principles support effective SLOs

    • What components make up an SLO

    • Example of an SLO Plan/Implementation

    • District priorities and needs

    • Which teachers used standard state assessments and which use SLOs

    • Rules for establishing SLOs

    • How to evaluate teachers using SLO results

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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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    Reform Support Network: A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives 2.0

    Resource: https://www.engageny.org/file/94261/download/rsn-slo-toolkit.pdf?token=npg8xJsvyov_xz_AP_cEUBa65KmJkBzpftdf6mKTE1w

    The Reform Support Network designed the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Toolkit to help states and school districts implement SLOs with the highest degree of quality. This updated version (May 2014) 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.

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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/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorEvaluation/StudentLearningOutcomesObjectives.aspx

    This is the Rhode Island Department of Education website with resources for understanding SLOs, including examples. Updated resources include SLO quality review tools and indicators of a strong SLO.

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    State Council for Educator Effectiveness Report and Recommendations (Final Report), for the Colorado State Board of Education

    Resource: http://www.cde.state.co.us/sites/default/files/documents/educatoreffectiveness/downloads/report%20%26%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/sites/default/files/documents/educatoreffectiveness/downloads/report%20%26%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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