High-Quality Evaluation Design: Race to the Top Resources
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As States set college- and career-ready standards for students, they recognize the vital role of highly effective teaching in helping students reach those standards. In response, States are creating new educator effectiveness systems to evaluate teachers' work in ways that boost student outcomes and help teachers improve their professional practice and not simply as a human resources or labor relations exercise. The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness & Standards and Assessment Community of Practice (TLE-SA CoP) helps States design these systems, focusing on important issues such as multiple measures of student achievement, measurement of learning beyond standardized testing and data systems to support evaluation.


Non-Tested Grades and Subjects

Student Learning Objectives

  • A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives 2.0
    The RSN designed the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Toolkit to help States and school districts implement SLOs with the highest degree of quality. This updated version features over 100 State and district resources related to making SLO policy choices, providing SLO tools, selecting or creating assessments and setting targets, communicating with teachers and principals, training district staff and school administers and ensuring continuous improvement. Audiences can access the toolkit in two ways: 1) download a PDF document that contains hyperlinks to State resources and includes an at-a-glance list of resources or 2) browse the SLO Toolkit Online by topic, resource type and State. The RSN has also published a Communications Workbook as a companion to the new SLO Toolkit. The Communications Workbook aims to help States reflect on the quality of their communications content, format and delivery to increase educator understanding of SLO purpose and process.

  • Student Learning Objective (SLO) Library
    This online tool is a collection of SLOs from around the country that are annotated to suggest changes that could strengthen their quality. States, school districts, colleges, universities and others can use this resource, compiled by the Reform Support Network to prepare teachers and administrators to develop high-quality SLOs or to improve SLOs that they have already developed.

  • Targeting Growth: Using Student Learning Objectives as a Measure of Educator Effectiveness
    This brief describes the key elements and challenges of SLOs, providing examples of SLOs and links to additional resources.

Teacher Effectiveness Measures

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Last Modified: 05/27/2014