Posted: Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:02am Updated: Fri, 11/09/2018 - 1:40pm

A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives 2.0


Background on this Tool

This toolkit is designed to provide a foundation upon which districts and schools can build a quality Student Learning Objective (SLO) system that allows teachers of non-tested grades and subjects to participate in compensation and evaluation systems that require measures of student growth. The toolkit enhances the first Race to the Top Reform Support Network's (RSN) SLO toolkit, published in the 2012 and produced by the Student Learning Objective Work Group. The toolkit illustrates how districts and schools can leverage SLOs to promote strong instructional and assessment practices.


Guidance on How to Leverage this Tool

This toolkit includes a broad scope of resources for districts and schools interested in using SLOs. The toolkit offers best practices and strategies for designing and implementing SLOs. Depending on local context and needs, school leaders can use parts or all of the included tools to create new or improve existing SLOs. Specifically, school leaders could use this toolkit to:

  1. Provide tools for developing, approving, and scoring high quality SLOs
  2. Foster selection of quality assessments and rigorous learning targets
  3. Increase communication with teachers and family members
  4. Train district staff and school leaders
  5. Ensure continuous improvement


Getting Started with the Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives Toolkit

If school leaders are interested in developing a new SLO process, they are encouraged to review pages 5 to 8 of this toolkit for an overview of the benefits, challenges, and spectrum of approaches for using SLOs. If school leaders are interested in revising and improving an existing SLO process, they is encouraged to review page 4 of this toolkit for an overview of the five components of the SLO framework that will guide them to the section of the toolkit matched to their needs. Additionally, pages 28-30 provide hyperlinks to resources for each of the five components of the SLO framework.
Reform Support Network. (2014). A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives 2.0. For more information, visit this webpage.