SLO Field Samples from Pilot (2011-2012)

Teachers working together

Over the course of the 2011-12 school year, the New York State Education Department worked with groups of district leaders, administrators, and nominated educators to pilot the Student Learning Objective (SLO) process. The pilot aimed to ensure that the leadership team of each district understood the SLO process and felt prepared to make the necessary district level decisions that would allow for successful implementation by principals and teachers. The three pilot districts include Allegany-Limestone Central School District, Ballston Spa Central Schools, and Niskayuna Central Schools. A fourth group consisted of outstanding educators who were nominated by Staff/Curriculum Development Network (S/CDN) representatives. Approximately 85 teachers were asked to participate in the process of writing SLOs for one course section. The teachers examined baseline and historical data, considered the learning content of their course, and developed ambitious and rigorous targets. HEDI criteria and scales were either developed at the district level or by the teacher in consultation with their building principal. These SLOs are used to prepare students for future growth and development, as well as college and career readiness.

Please note that the SLOs posted here provide a variety of approaches and are intended as examples. A number of these SLOs include subpopulations such as students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Districts, within the context of State Regulations and frameworks, should determine how specific SLOs will be set after assessing their unique priorities and needs.

  • Career and Technical Education
    • Keyboarding
      Tracy Farrell, Columbia High School, East Greenbush Central School District
  • English Language Arts
    • Grade 2
      Danielle Dean, Mount Morris Central School District
  • English as a Second Language
    • Grades 9-10
      Christine Susskind, James I. O’Neill High School, Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District
    • Grades 9-12
      Nate Halloran, Riverside High School, Buffalo Public Schools
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      Craig Chamberlain, Marcellus Senior High School, Marcellus Central School District
  • Physical Education
    • Kindergarten
      Christopher Austin, Allegany-Limestone Central School District
  • Social Studies
    • Grade 7
      Jeffrey Tooker, Howard L. Goff Middle School, East Greenbush Central School District

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