Winter Park, Fla. (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
Over the last year a growing number of states, including Maryland, New York, Florida, Ohio and New Jersey, have enacted laws specifying that student achievement will comprise a percentage of teacher and principal evaluations. For classes where there are no state assessments, such as art or music or health, many states are turning to Student Learning Objectives (SLO) to measure student growth. As a result, school districts are now responsible for crunching the data for each SLO to determine if students achieved the academic goals set at the beginning of the course, and to arrive at an effectiveness rating for each teacher and principal as part of their annual performance reviews.
To help districts streamline the SLO process and ensure accurate calculations for effectiveness ratings, Performance Matters today announces the new SLO Module. The module is available as a stand-alone product, or may be integrated with the company’s award-winning Performance Matters assessment and data management system or FASTe (Formative Action System for Teacher Effectiveness).
“TCPS will be using Performance Matters for SLOs in order to have fast, reliable and consistent information on a teacher’s progress toward meeting his or her SLOs,” said Marnie Stockman, local accountability coordinator and K12 mathematics supervisor for Talbot County Public Schools in Maryland. “As SLOs are written by individual teachers, there are a number of different calculations that might be required to determine a teacher’s proficiency. This SLO module will allow districts the flexibility to view progress based on a percentage growth, a set rate of improvement, or a static achievement score, all within the same screen and without manually calculating each one.”
Using the SLO Module, educators can access the target score and the results data from pre- and post-assessments for each student under each SLO. With the tool’s automatic calculations, they can easily see whether or not each student met the SLO, as well as the overall percentage of students achieving the SLO by class or by course.
“After principals review SLOs at the beginning of the year, the SLO goals will be entered into the system and will be updated any time an administrator wants to check progress,” said Stockman. “The flexibility of the system will allow teachers and principals together to make meaningful use of the data. Because the information is pulled from official student records, it will save time and reduce the potential for error. Having a consistent product such as this one will be a lifesaver for principals who will be addressing different targets for each teacher.”
About Performance Matters
Performance Matters helps K-12 school systems improve student learning by providing comprehensive, integrated solutions for assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Performance Matters solutions are used by school districts across the country. For more information, visit http://www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.