ODE recommends teachers practice this year writing SLOs

SLOsRecent calls and social media inquiries to ODE suggest that many teachers are confused about when they have to begin writing Student Learning Objectives, one form of student growth measure being used in the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.

Contrary to rumor, ODE is not requiring that all teachers write at least one Student Learning Objective before the end of this school year. Writing of SLOs is required only for teachers in RttT districts and SIG districts whose plans call for implementing SLOs in the classroom in this school year. Staff of RttT districts may contact their RttT regional coordinator’s office to see if their specific LEA is part of this early implementation group.

ODE does recommend, however, that every teacher write a Student Learning Objective this year, simply to gain practice in the SLO development process. When OTES is fully implemented in Ohio, the majority of teachers will be using SLOs as a student growth measure. The best time to practice is now.

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  1. Having begun the education process to become a teacher in the late 1970’s and then again in the 1990’s I see this entire process of recreating our lessons to reflect SLO’s as renaming what remains the same. What used to be anticipatory set is now called essential questioning; learning outcomes are objectives, etc. If anything I see it less diligent then our prior disciplined lesson planning. What has changed, immensely, is our students. They come to our classroom from single parent homes, poor diet, and their major after school activity being the computer. I have had parents declare that their student spends more time with me then with the parent. During a 45 minute class, with up to 30 students in a class, up to 50% on IEP’s without an aid, the most I can manage is 1.5 minutes per student. If that is more than what is spent with the parent there is something seriously wrong with our culture. Often our educational system is ranked to the rest of the world, with Finland being number one. When you research their culture there is an emphasis on the whole child, with parents paid to stay with their child the first two years of their lives. The first two years being instrumental in developing the personality and character that will then come to school, ready to learn. In our pursuit of profitability, we are allowing our children to be raised by TV, computers and day care. Perhaps some of the focus should be directed to this issue instead of demonizing teachers with the outcome being to discredit the profession in order to privatize and profit from education. Thanks for allowing me to sound off.

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