Executive Summary


A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems

A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems is a tool designed to assist states and districts in constructing high-quality teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teaching and learning. This tool is not a step-by-step guide to devising a teacher evaluation system.  Rather, it is intended to facilitate discussion and promote coherence in the development process.

New York State SLO Reference Guide

This chart outlines the SLO process for teachers in NY state, with an explanation of when state or local SLOs are used.  An accompanying  webinar can be found here

Indicators of a Strong Student Learning Objective

This Rhode Island document highlights the three main criteria, and corresponding elements and descriptors, included in strong Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). Educators may find this guide helpful as they write SLOs and evaluators may find it helpful as they review and approve SLOs.

Writing Student Learning Objectives - Video for Teachers

This Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) narrated video for teachers focuses on the SLO process. Along with the two adjacent documents, this video is meant to support teachers as they write their SLOs.

Trouble viewing the video?  You may need to download and install a codec. Click here for the GoToMeeting page where you can find the codec.

Student Learning Objective Quality Check

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) Student Learning Objective Quality Check Tool has been developed to help educators and evaluators effectively review and revise Student Learning Objectives.


The one-page tool includes guiding questions for each component of a Student Learning Objective (e.g., objective statement, rationale, targets) to help determine whether or not that section is acceptable or in need or revision. 

Growth Models: Issues and Advice from the States A Guide of the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program

This July 2012 guide from the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grant program at the Institute of Education Sciences reviews current growth models used by several states for No Child Left Behind compliance. The states discussed in the report are Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, many of which were also beginning to use these models as part of their teacher evaluation systems.


The five models reviewed in the document are: trajectory, projection, value-table, value-added, and student growth model. The report describes the growth models and discusses the data elements necessary for using each one. It also provides information on how each state is using a growth model and the challenges they have faced.

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Common Core State Standards

This page provides the complete Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards for Math, English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

The Federal Government and Teacher Evaluation

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