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Thousands of South Dakota teachers begin summer training on student learning objectives

Teacher training in student learning objectives is now underway across South Dakota. Student learning objectives are teacher-driven goals or sets of goals that establish expectations for student academic growth over a specific period of time. They form the basis of the student growth rating in South Dakota’s new educator effectiveness systems. These specific, measurable student learning goals are based on the most important student learning which needs to occur in the classroom and should be aligned to applicable content standards for that classroom.

“We received feedback during the teacher and principal effectiveness pilot in 2013-14, that educators would like training in identifying the priority content area and writing quality assessments, rubrics and performance measures,” said Abby Javurek-Humig, director of assessment and accountability for the South Dakota Department of Education. “In response to that feedback, these trainings have been designed to take place over two days, with day one focused on introducing the concept of SLOs, and day two focused specifically on helping teachers write quality assessments.”