Student Learning Objectives

Beginning in mid-December 2011 and running through the end of February 2012, NYSED will host a series of introductory webinars on Student Learning Objectives. Each webinar will introduce components of the SLO process to explain how New York State will assess the student learning growth of students in classrooms where there is no State assessment that can be used for a State-provided growth or value-added measure.

SLOís will apply to a large majority of teachers in every school. Teachers who do not teach in Grades 4-8 ELA and Math will have SLOs, and all principals will participate in the implementation of this process for the 2012-2013 school year according to Ken Slentz, Associate Commissioner.


The first webinar (which aired December 20, 2011) provided viewers with the following information:

  • The background and basics of SLOs.
  • The relationship between SLOs, the Common Core State Standards, Data Driven Instruction, evidence-based observations, and local measures of student achievement.
  • The difference between the state/district/school/teacherís role within the SLO process.

Link to the first webinar:

The second webinar provides viewers with the folloowing information:

  • The role Common Core plays in SLOs.
  • Key messages for SLOs.
  • The timeline for 5 key district-level SLO decisions.
  • Tools for district leaders to make the first 3 of their 5 key SLO decisions:
    • Assess and identify district-specific academic priorities and needs.
    • Identify who will have State-provided growth measures and who must have SLOs as “comparable growth measures.”
    • Determine district rules for how specific SLOs will get set.

Link to the second webinar:


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