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

Download the Free Handout

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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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