NWEA Guidance on the Creation of SLOs

Not only do the definitions of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) vary across the country, but the requirements for the content of SLOs vary as well, with some more aligned than others with the body of research on how goal setting can improve performance. This document focuses on the research, policies, and practices necessary for appropriate development and implementation of SLOs.

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Texas District Prepares Students for Future Career Paths

The 65,000-student Arlington ISD leverages EasyTech and Inquiry to deliver a comprehensive career and higher education investigations course. The year-long, technology-embedded course gives eighth-grade students an opportunity to both develop skills and establish a four-year plan that details the requirements for different career paths and colleges of interest to each student.

Implementing an online system to standardize assessment and grading

Where once each school worked in silos managing student information and grading practices, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is now unified through an online system that has helped them standardize processes, assessments and grading between all of its 44 schools. The web-based system also gives parents access to their children’s grades and facilitates communication between teachers, students and parents.

The importance of data comparability in interim assessments

Data comparability lets teachers, administrators, parents and students make important connections, recognize growth patterns, develop achievable growth projections, and compare groups of students. Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress and MAP for Primary Grades interim assessments help districts maintain data so that it can be compared vertically, horizontally and longitudinally.

Agua Fria UHSD raises the bar on preparing students for college and careers

Two years ago, the Agua Fria Union High School District, in Avondale, Ariz., launched the “College and Career Ready Index,” a measurement system designed to help improve students’ ability to succeed after high school. By spotlighting students’ strengths as well as the gaps in their high school portfolio, district administrators are hoping to guide them onto a path of success and increase the number of graduates who go to college. This would also make the district more attractive, bringing even more students into the district.


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