Evaluation Conversation Worksheet: Phase 1 SLO Approval

Assessment Validity Checklist Resource

Once the assessment draft is created, there are often questions of assessment quality and validity. Download our assessment checklist to help you write a valid questions leading to a high quality assessment.assessment validity checklist

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Is THIS a Quality Assessment?

Tough question. It is essential that we give kids great assessments.  I have often talked about “junk in, junk out.”  Spend hours analyzing data that comes from a “junk” assessment, you will not have the good information that can help you teach differently tomorrow, or help individual students grow and succeed.


The importance of quality assessment tools is not a question as much as: HOW do we make sure we are using quality assessments?

Checklists for both Typical classroom, and common assessments, performance assessments and even a tool to serve as a graphic organizer for planning an assessment can be dowloaded by clicking the links below.


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Measurement Models

A growth model is a “collection of definitions, calculations or rules that summarizes student performance over two or more time points and supports interpretation about the students, their classrooms, their educators or their schools.”   (Castellano & Ho, 2013)

Within each measurement model, there are several pros and cons to each.  It is important to understand the model to use it well.


MeasurementModels KATC Download: Measurement Models Simplified

measurementmodelcomplex KATC Download: Measurement Models Detailed

 Still interested in learning more? There are lots of research articles and tools available on the topic.  Here are a few that are also available online.

Castellano, Katherine & Ho, Andrew (2013) A Practitioner’s’ Guide to Growth Models. CCSSO

Braun, H. (2005) Using Student Progress to Evaluate Teachers

Raudenbush, S. (2014) What Do We Know About the Long Term Impacts of Teacher Value Added?

Raudenbush, S. (2013) What Do We Know About Using Value Added to Compare Teachers who Work in Different Schools?

What’s A Great Goal Strategy? Approaches to Setting Goals

There are many approaches to the goal writing process from individual teachers setting targets to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) working together to set collective goals.


Some may have heard the movement toward “All In” goals in Illinois where multiple teachers in the same PLC share a single group goal as well as each other’s students on a single SLO.  This has even been applied to whole buildings of teachers sharing the same goal.

Most commonly, we have seen 4 approaches:

  1.  The “All In” School Wide or District Wide Goal
  2. The “Group Goal” of a PLC department or grade level sharing all enrolled students
  3. The “Group Goal” of a PLC department or grade level focusing only on individual teacher rosters
  4. The “Individual” Goal written by a single teacher.

Each approach will vary the number and specific names of students on a teacher’s SLO Roster and thus the resulting SLO scores.

In a recent article, we discussed the several approaches, examples and possible pro/cons to each approach.  This handout is a concise way to look at each approach and discuss which works best in your department, school or district.

In the following handout, we explain each of the different goal types, examples and current pros/cons to the approach.

SLO Goals for All In Goals or School Goals or PLC Goals for Growth

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SLO Rosters

Keeping track of the students associated with a particular learning goal or target is important.  The SLO Roster is the list of names of students associated with a single Student Learning Objective or Goal.  The SLO roster may be the same as the classroom enrollment roster, or it may differ (ex: a subset of the enrollment, students enrolled only between particular dates, students only in the 4th period section of several chemistry classes taught by the same teacher).

SLO Roster Template

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The students who will be on a teacher’s SLO Roster depend on structure of the SLO and vary from state to state and district to district.  Some SLO Rosters include all student in a course or grade level shared among several different teachers, other SLO Rosters include only students enrolled in a teacher’s homeroom or course.  For more information you may want to consider different SLO target approaches.


Writing Tiered Goals (Handout)

Using the tiered method of writing goals is gaining popularity. Tiered Goals are differentiated targets for groups of students with similar baseline scores and similar projected growth.  Typically a teacher breaks a a group of students into 5 or less tiers based on starting ability levels, strengths, weaknesses and end of instructional interval projections.  Tiered goals are great ways to break up groups of students based on similar abilities and features.  It gives great flexibility to the goal writing process. Lets look at some pros, cons and ways to use these goals

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Student Growth Goals (also referred to as Growth Targets) are detailed, measurable goals for student learning and growth developed collaboratively by educators and their evaluators.  They are based on student learning needs identified by a review of students’ baseline skills.  The goals are aligned to course standards and measure learning in the big ideas and essential skills of the class or course.  The goals are rigorous, yet realistic targets of student learning.

There are many approaches to setting student growth goals (or growth targets).  


Choosing your method of writing the target is partly personal preference and partly an exercise in critical analysis of the unique students on your roster.  This document highlights the tiered method of growth goal writing.


Writing Great Rubrics

Rubrics are wonderful tools for defining quality for a process, product of behavior. They are powerful tools for both teaching and learning as they help communicate what it takes to succeed.

Question Complexity & Question Format

When measuring student understanding, teachers have CHOICES!  Performance assessments, written assessments, discussions, multiple choice, fill in the blank….

One of the greatest ways to narrow your focus is to examine the complexity of the skill you intend to measure.  This will often help you narrow down the format for the question.

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This chart was adapted from Classroom Assessment For Student Learning

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