SLO Growth Target

Making Better Growth Predictions

Setting a student or student group’s “growth target” can be an exciting, nerve-wracking and difficult experience.  Teachers look at student baseline data, historical data and other information about individuals and create predictions about the amount of growth a student or student group should make during a single instructional interval.  These predictions become important because they not only reflect ambitions of student improvement and development but also direct an evidence based practice within the classroom teaching process.  

We would like to suggest the following:

Writing Targets

Differentiated Goal Writing: Tiered Targets

SLO Target Approaches

7 Tips for Reducing SLO Stress

Assessments: Junk In-Junk Out

The quality of an assessment set is the most important element in a growth measurement series.  Though the goal setting process, the collaboration around data analysis and the hard work to achieve the goals are all very important to the achievement process…if the assessment set around which it is all built is junk, the whole process is junk.

Quality Assessments help teachers focus on the essential skills we want all students to know and be able to do, the rigor at which we expect them to perform and the individual student needs to drive differentiation and pivot points.

Here are some tools that may help in your work:

Improving Classroom Rubrics

Improving Assessment Validity

Comparable Assessments For Growth

Assessment Quality Checklist (also can work as an approval tool for Type III)

Assessment & SLO Examples

Check out our member resources for example rubrics you can download.

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This article was written by Kids at the Core founder, Anne Weerda.

Anne is an assessment and curriculum specialist best known for her work in assessment design, data analysis and instructional effectiveness. Anne is a sought after speaker in the area of assessment design, curriculum and instruction.
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