Rules of Engagement for Creating Student Growth Objectives (SGO's)


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1. Identify Learning Priorities

Collaborate with peers from your subject and grade level to develop a list of learning priorities for the school year.  Consider learning priorities in light of, content standards (state and national) and review the established curriculum expectations. Due to the fact, there is usually more content than can reasonably be addressed within the school year, teachers are obliged to make choices. In the end, create a list of learning priorities of what your students should know, understand and be able to do by the post-test date. Remember your final results will be based-on moving individual students (not a class at a specific level) to another point as measured by the post-assessment tool you chose or developed.

2. Identify/Develop Growth Tools

Identify or create post-assessment tools that will measure each students progress toward the learning priorities (e.g. unit tests, rubrics etc.). 

3. Collect Baseline Data

For each student determine starting points. If available, use pre-assement data from the previous school year (e.g. standardized tests, unit tests, markers of future success etc).  If you need to create your own pre-assement, be sure to include some previously learned material.  In determining starting points for your students, include indicators of future success in the baseline analysis. Markers of future success might take the following variables into consideration: completes homework, completes retakes and/or participates in class. 

4. Create Student Growth Objectives (SGOs)

Set goals and differentiate based upon the knowledge  of students, content standards (state and national), baseline data and the agreed upon learning standards. Student goals should be challenging and reflect the realities of your classroom.