April 6, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Student Learning Objectives Pilot
the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will pilot the use of Student Learning
Objectives (SLOs) as a measure of student growth within teacher appraisal
systems. Pilot participants will guide and shape this instructionally focused
student growth option.
SLOs are long-term goals for student
learning crafted by teachers and administrators. Often working in teams with
peer, school, and district support, teachers develop these goals to help define
what success looks like for their students and plan backwards to ensure that
instruction is purposefully guiding schools, teachers, and students toward a
common vision of success.
The SLO process strives to bring
together the varied pedagogical considerations a teacher juggles throughout the
year – curriculum, instruction, assessment, adjustment, and evaluation. The SLO
process encourages and prompts continual reflection and self-assessment so
teachers can focus on aligning curriculum, instruction, and student
can be an entire campus or a single grade or subject on a single campus,
although it is recommended, for the sake of efficiency, that districts
participate with ten or more teachers.
participating in the pilot year will benefit with opportunities to:
representatives to the free SLO training from content experts;
continued SLO support throughout the pilot year from TEA, ESC staff, and CTAC,
including webinars and support sessions to assist in implementation;
policies and procedures to fit the local context while using a general
feedback for refinement of the SLO process.
information on the SLO process and the SLO pilot, please view the following
resources found on the TEA website under the Texas Teacher Evaluation and
Support System page:
SLO Process Overview SLO Pilot Overview
Tim Regal at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to inquire
further about participation in the SLO pilot.
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