April 2014



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Sign up today for summer training on SLOs

The Department of Education is hosting a number of trainings related to Student Learning Objectives this summer. Here’s what one South Dakota educator is saying about the use of SLOs:

Linda Mallory, Spearfish Middle School, member of the Commission on Teaching and Learning:
As part of my growth plan this year, I wrote a student learning objective. My co-teacher and I developed a benchmark assessment using questions from the South Dakota Assessment Portal. My students took that test in September and will take it again in May. This is one measure of growth.

I am also using the STAR Math Assessment as a growth measure. We have three testing windows in September, January and May. Mid-year, we looked at those results to make sure we were on track for goal attainment. I will be collecting final data in May and assessing whether my student growth goal was met.

I had a chance to participate in the trainings last summer for writing student learning objectives and the information provided was very helpful in providing me direction to take this step. I am excited to learn more about assessment in my trainings this summer!

Registration deadline is April 18.

Register via the department’s online registration system. Search for “SLO.” (NOTE: Site is best viewed in a browser other than Internet Explorer.)


• Once a preferred date/location has been identified, teachers should be sure to register for the specific session that best describes their position (eg., 4th grade, Elementary MS/HS Music, MS/HS Science, etc.) Click here to access a list of specific sessions.

• Public school teachers who attend the state-sponsored trainings will receive a $125/day stipend.

• CEUs will be available.