SLO Update


Today's FMHS Family Meeting serves as our preliminary conference and a wrap up to the preliminary period. The rest of this SLO Update is designed to help you prepare for the mid-point conference and stay in the know regarding your SLO.

What's next?

All SLOs will be reviewed by your respective content area administrator by Monday, November 6th. After that date you should log in to Classroom Mosaic and check for feedback.

  • If your administrator has requested edits, please make the necessary changes by the end of the day on Friday, November 10th.
  • If everything in your SLO has been approved, you will simply continue to flag progress monitoring assignments in your Power Teacher Pro Gradebook and prepare for the Mid-Course Conference.

Please not that your administrator may comment on things that need to be changed for the 2018-2019 implementation of your SLO. In general we have tried to be teacher-friendly with our feedback and have attempted not to bog teachers down with copious amounts of revision requests.

A Few Common Mistakes

As administrators reviewed teachers' SLO Documents in Classroom Mosaic two common mistakes became evident.

  1. Progress Monitoring Plan--In the field labeled "Progress Monitoring Plan" on the "Assessments and Scoring" tab, many teachers failed to specifically identify at least one graded progress monitoring activity for each priority standard. In this section teachers should include the specific name of at least one assignment (e.g. chapter 2 Constitution test, standard distribution lab, transcendentalism project, etc.) that corresponds to each of the power standards. These assignments should also be one of the ones you flag in your gradebook for progress monitoring purposes. While we did not require everyone to make adjustments this year, you will need to make these changes for next year's SLO.
  2. Identifying Instructional Decisions--In the "Identify instructional decisions that you will make based on your analysis of data" field on the "Targets" tab, many teachers did not provide enough specific details when describing how they would adjust instruction based off of their analysis of the pre-test data. The targets section is perhaps the most important portion of the SLO document and should be updated yearly based off of the performance of each year's students. Even if it only highlights a few concepts it is important to address what the data reveals you should focus on and how you will tailor instruction to promote student growth in these areas.

Mid-Point Conferences

Mid-point conferences will be scheduled with your content area administrator during the month of November. During the conference you and the administrator will review "Standards Progress" reports generated from your Power Teacher Pro Gradebook for each section of your SLO course. This report tracks student performance on the assignments you have flagged as progress monitoring assessments and provides data regarding how students are progressing with respect to each power standard. Please remember that the ultimate goal is to demonstrate growth by moving students up a letter grade on the average of their post test and performance task scores. The designations listed below are tools to help you easily identify student growth targets and track student progress.

0-59 -Beginning Mastery (B)

60-69- Approaching Mastery (P)

70-79- Mastery/Proficiency (M)

80-89 -Exceeding Mastery (E)

90-100 - Advanced Mastery (A)

Just as in previous years, you should bring 3 artifacts of student work (i.e. examples of varying levels of student performance on progress monitoring assessments) with you to the Mid-Point Conference. Teachers will have a discussion with their administrator about the growth of students in their SLO course using this list of talking points.Teachers will also be asked to respond to the prompts below in classroom mosaic prior to their mid-point conference:

"How did you determine the students’ grades (or other performance indicators) for the priority standards that have been taught to date?
At this point in the school year, are the students demonstrating the level of growth that you expected? Why or why not? (3.C)"

At the conclusion of the Mid-Point Conference teachers will receive a progress monitoring score, based on the criteria listed below:

Progress Monitoring

  • Provides evidence of key progress-monitoring measures based on data analysis and student needs
  • Utilizes progress-monitoring management system that tracks student progress over time
  • Develops assessments that are clearly aligned to standards and when applicable Depth of Knowledge levels
  • Reflects on student progress and growth over time
  • Identifies methods of communicating progress to students and parents

Does Not Meet (1)

Partially Meets (2)

Meets (3)

Exceeds (4)

Then What?

After completing the mid-point conferences, teachers should focus on continuing to progress monitor during the month of November and into early December. As we approach the end of the first semester, teachers should administer the post-assessment and performance task. These scores should be entered into your Power Teacher Pro Gradebook much the same way as you entered the pre-test data. More information will follow in additional SLO Update newsletters.

Resources To Help

Classroom Mosaic Login

The link above directs you to the login page for classroom mosaic.

Sample SLO

The link above takes you to a google doc example of what an exemplary SLO. This example of an English 1 SLO demonstrates what might be included in the narrative portion of the "Complete SLO Document" section found on Classroom Mosaic.

SLO Presentation

The link above will take you to the SLO Presentation from Gina Jenkins from the beginning of the year. This presentation outlines the difference that can be expected with the process this year.

Mid-Point Conference Talking Points

This link outlines the framework for the mid-point conference discussion.

Enrich Demographic Report

The link above provides instructions on how to run a demographic report which will aid you in completing the "Targets" section of "Complete SLO Document" section of Classroom Mosaic.

How to Set Up The Gradebook to Auto-Calculate Assignment

The link above leads to a google document that gives step by step instructions on how to have the Power Teacher Pro Gradebook calculate assignments that have been flagged as progress monitoring assignments, which correspond to the power standards. The "auto-calculate assignment standards" instructions explain how to set up the grade book to calculate assignments created from this point on. The "to update an existing assignment" instructions explain how to go back and flag an assignment that has already been created and entered into the gradebook. There is a huge draw back to the second approach. It requires that each individual student's grade be manually deleted and manually re-entered. At this time there is no work around, so I advise you use the first set of instructions and only mark assignments created from this point moving forward.

How to Share A SLO

The link above provides a brief tutorial on how to share an SLO. Most of you have already completed this step but I wanted to share this for any new teachers or those just needing to obtain a copy of an SLO.