SLO Newsletter

January/February 2016

Happy New Year!

SLO Updates for 2016!

2nd Semester Testing Windows

18-week S2 PRE window: 1/6 – 1/27 (3 weeks)

18-week S2 POST window: 5/4 – 5/24 (3 weeks)

65% Cut-off: 2/23 (35% and 1 day or 32 days)

9-week Q3 PRE window: 1/6 – 1/20 (2 weeks)

9-week Q3 POST window: 2/25 – 3/9 (2 weeks)

65% Cut-off: 1/28 (35% and 1 day OR 16 days)

36-week POST window: 4/13 – 5 /24 (6 weeks)

Paticipation Reporting to the State

The GaDOE requires us to report each student's SLO PRE and POST assessment scores each school-year. It is imperative that each student is tested if he or she is within the testing window for the 65% rule. For students who do not have scores, the state also requires a code explaining why scores are missing.

Each school was provided with a tracking file and asked to resubmit it indicating which SLO course would be tied to each teacher needing an SLO measure. Since then, the Assessment and SIS teams have analyzed and recorded the data and resubmitted the files back into each school's folder. We now need each school to confirm the data file before it is submitted to the state. If there are students without scores, please use the comment section to explain.

Connie Maggert will be sending out an email to schools very soon explaining more about this process. The timeline for gathering this important data is now until January 30th.

SLO Testing Plans and Procedures

Due to yearly turnover in leadership in our schools, it will be important for each school to keep a testing plan in place that is updated annually. The testing plan should be submitted to the Assessment Department, as well as, be housed in a place where the school leadership team can access it at any time. It should include the members of the testing team, testing guidelines & procedures, testing timelines for your school, and any other pertinent information needed to continue testing in the event there is a newly appointed SLO Contact. The Testing Plan template can be found on the SLO Team Site under "resources".

Thank you to the SLO Contacts who submitted updated plans this school-year and keep their leadership team informed and updated each year. This is very helpful when new team members are hired and it also fosters seamless transitions.

SLO Reminders

Reminders about course lengths: Please follow the testing windows related to the length of time your school offers a particular course. For example, if a course is normally offered in 18 weeks, but your school offers it in 36 weeks, follow the testing windows for 36 weeks.

Reminders about ONE measure: SLOs are tied to course numbers. If a teacher teaches World History in semester 1, but not in semester 2, he or she will administer the SLO assessment at the time the course is offered in his or her schedule. If said teacher teaches the same course in both semesters, the SLO assessment will be administered in semesters 1 and 2. The same is true for quarter courses.

NOTE: If students repeat a course, the SLO is not required to be administered a second time in the same school-year.

SLO Exemplars

The Assessment Department would like to begin collecting SLO exemplars from teachers who consider their students' assessment work to be excellent or exemplary. This of course, would not include assessments that only contain multiple- choice or selected-response items. Exemplars should only come from assessments which contain rubric-based items, constructed-responses, or performance tasks.

The purpose for collecting SLO exemplars is to create consistency in expectations across the district and to foster calibration in grading with rubrics. This is also a great learning opportunity for teachers to become more skilled rubric writers and to build capacity throughout our district!

Please inner-office exemplars to the Assessment Department. Include photocopies (no originals) of the rubric or scoring guide, student response sheets, and any other relevant materials. Only POST assessment exemplars will be used. Do not send PRE assessment work.

Thank you in advance for assisting our district with this important work!

SLO Growth Targets

For more information on SLO growth targets, please visit our SLO webpage (employees--academics--assessment--SLOs). Scroll to the bottom of the page to access the growth target PPT. To access the growth target calculation worksheet, please visit the SLO Team Site and go to the "resources" area. Targets are set each year based on historical or baseline data.

Each SLO course in Fulton County has the following growth targets. Exceptions include GAA, Pre-K, ESOL, and STAR (see details below):

All SLO courses: Expected Growth - 35%; High Growth - 60%


GAA: Expected Growth - < or =14%; High Growth - = or >15%

Pre-K: Expected Growth - 15%; High Growth - 40%

ESOL: Expected Growth - increase by one band; High Growth - increase by two or more bands

STAR: Low or No Growth: 1-29; Expected Growth: 30-65: High Growth: 66-99