In the world of evaluation that we live in, with student growth (in some states) being measured by SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes), how can this process be correlated to the state and/or Common Core to be a truly meaningful growth process for teachers? This is the process Ellen and I have been working on with the amazing teachers at Horizon Elementary for the past several months.
Here are the steps we utilized:
1. Identified core standards aligned with the SLO
Know from memory the sum of two 1-digit numbers
Core Standard: 2OA2: Fluently add and subtract within 20 (know from memory)
Core Standard: 2OA1: Use addition/subtraction to solve one-two step word problems.
2. Determined benchmarks for low/average/high students
Benchmarks – What will the student demonstrate in meeting/exceeding the SLO?
Low Average High
3. Wrote “I Can” Statements for benchmarks
I Can Statements (Learning Targets)
|Low — Average — High
· I can accurately and fluently add 2 one-digit numbers
· I can use mental strategies to add quickly and correctly: 0/1, Doubles, Doubles +/- 1 or 2, Buddies of 10, Make-a-ten
4. Created Anecdotal Checklists
5. Align Anecdotal Checklist to Pre/Post Tests (provided to you by district)
Throughout this intense process, teachers have been AMAZING! Their focus on what is best for kids is the norm. What a pleasure it is to work with and learn with this group of teachers, coaches and administrators!