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How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

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Research Alliance: Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance

Overview: States in the Northeast are developing teacher evaluation systems to measure individual teacher contributions to their students’ learning growth. While standardized test scores may be used for value-added teacher evaluation systems, alternative methods are needed to evaluate teachers of nontested subjects and grades, which make up 69 percent of all teachers. Increasingly, educator evaluation systems are incorporating the use of student learning objectives (SLOs) as part of a system of multiple measures of teacher performance and to substitute for student test scores in nontested subjects and grades.

The Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance (NEERA) investigated the use of SLOs as part of state teacher evaluation systems.To learn the full range of state policies governing the use of SLOs in educator evaluation systems, REL-NEI researchers conducted a systematic scan of state education agency websites in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., to identify tools, guidance, policies, regulations, and other documents related to the use of SLOs in teacher evaluation systems. The researchers reviewed each relevant document to code the requirements, components, and uses of SLOs, which are summarized in a brief report and a series of searchable tables. The primary audience for the report is the members of NEERA and state departments of education exploring or developing educator evaluation systems.

The report includes searchable tables with detailed information on the characteristics and use of SLOs in the 30 states that had publicly available information on their SLO policies.

View the report here

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How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

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