Considerations for Analyzing Educators’ Contributions to Student Learning in Non-tested Subjects and Grades with a Focus on Student Learning Objectives
This paper from the Center for Assessment discusses the challenges of measuring student academic growth for purposes of teacher evaluations in non-tested subjects and grades, with a specific focus on measuring growth in a student learning objective (SLO) context. According to the authors, this brief is “designed to strongly recommend that, for educators in most subjects and grades, growth-based measures should be avoided as a means of evaluating SLO. This is particularly true for subjects and grades in which there is not a standardized, large-scale district or state assessment” (p. 2). The paper explains the authors’ rationale and elaboration regarding this recommendation.