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Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are measurable, long-term, academic goals, informed by available data, that a teacher or teacher team sets at the beginning of the year for all students.  Education legislation in Michigan requires that the student growth and assessment component of a teacher's evaluation consist of the state student growth and assessment measurement standards and a local student growth assessment.  SLOs are one way to measure the academic growth of students. The Michigan Department of Education has consulted with other states and districts to gain useful information about SLO implementation.  Although SLOs are not a requirement, these SLO documents provide guidance for districts that choose to use them in educator evaluation systems.

Student Learning Objectives Guidance Document

Student Learning Objectives Guidance Document - PDF

The guidance document for implementation and use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) for educator evaluation offers recommendations for using SLOs within the teacher evaluation and effectiveness process, and describes district decision points to facilitate district decision making.


Student Learning Objectives Student Growth Template


Student Learning Objectives Template - MS Word

The Student Learning Objective Template is a suggested format for setting student growth targets. 


Student Learning Objectives Student Growth Measurement Tool


This student learning objective (SLO) student growth measurement tool is designed to be used within the SLO process to help teachers measure student growth goals when using school or district assessments that do not provide student growth criteria.  


Student Learning Objectives Student Growth Measurement Instructions

SLO Student Growth Measurement Tool Instructions

This document provides the parameters for using the SLO Student Growth Measurement Tool, as well as detailed step-by-step instructions for using the tool.



SLO FAQ Document

Student Learning Objectives FAQ - PDF 

The Student Learning Objective FAQ provides an overview of commonly asked questions and answers.


Student Learning Objectives Template Checklist

Student Learning Objectives Template Checklist - PDF

A resource that may be used as a fidelity checklist when developing and approving SLOs. All criteria are recommended to be met to approve SLOs.


For more information about the use of SLOs, please email with SLO in the subject of the email.