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Student Learning & Growth

Student learning and growth means measures of student progress (across two or more points in time) and of proficiency/mastery (at a single point in time) in relation to state or national standards. Student learning and growth is evidenced by state assessments as well as national, international, district-wide and other valid and reliable assessments and collections of student work.

Educators, in collaboration with their supervisor/evaluator will set learning goals aligned to state or national standards for their students and use assessments to measure their progress toward these goals.

Oregon statute (SB 290) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) require local evaluation and support systems to incorporate a robust set of measures of student learning and growth for all students as a significant contributor to the overall performance rating of teachers and administrators.

**With the passage of ESSA on December 10, 2015, the federal requirement to use Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) as the measure for Student Learning and Growth (SLG) goals in grades 4-8 in English Language Arts and Math is nullified. State law (SB290) requirements regarding assessments and SLGs remain intact. **

Concerning setting SLG goals, ODE recommends that all educators use Category 2 measures for the 2016-2017 school year. Districts are welcome to use SGPs as a measure for SLG goals if they wish.

An external work group will be convened this Spring to consider the future implementation of SB290 as it relates to assessments and other evaluation measures.

NEW! 2016-17 Educator Effectiveness Guidance Brief
This one page brief provides guidance for districts regarding their evaluation systems for 2016-17 in light of the expiration of Oreogon's ESEA waiver and the passage of ESSA.


UPDATED: 8.19.16 Guidance for Setting Student Learning and Growth (SLG)
This document represents the revised ODE guidance on setting Student Learning and Growth goals for 2016-17 and reflects changes that are the result of the expiration of Oregon's ESEA waiver. Note: It is recommended that Chrome be used for viewing this document.
Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessments
Districts can use this criteria to evaluate the quality of assessments whether they are purchased from an outside source or developed internally as well as assessment vocabulary and other planning considerations.
  Assessment Guidance
The guidance posted on this page will represent a growing body of resources that districts can use to evaluate the quality of assessments whether they are purchased from an outside source or developed internally.

Sample Goals

The sample goals below include examples that were collected during the district Peer Review Process as well as those developed through ODE sponsored workgroups. These goals are provided as a sample of the diverse ways districts approach goal setting and are intended to be used as a reference.




Teacher Goal Setting Template

Teacher Goal Setting Template

Administrator Goal Setting Template


Special Education

Speech Pathologists

Sample Elementary SLG Goals

Middle School

High School
Sample Administrator SLG Goals

Tools & Templates

SLG Goal Quality Review Checklist
Before SLG goals are used in teacher and administrator evaluations, this checklist should be used in order to approve them. For an SLG goal to be approved, all criteria must be met.
  SLG Goal Checklist with Guiding Questions
NOTE: The questions included in this version of the checklist are provided for guidance only. They are not part of checklist that is required for use by districts.
  SLG Goal Scoring Rubric
The SLG Scoring Rubric is used for scoring individual SLG goals based on evidence submitted by the teacher and administrator. This rubric applies to both teacher and administrator evaluations.
  Student Learning and Growth Goal Resource Library
This bank of sample goals gathered from other states was developed by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and is searchable by grade level, subject and type of educator.

Training Materials

UPDATED: 8.19.16 SLG Goals 101: Requirements and Recommendations (PPT)
This PowerPoint provides basic information on the requirements for and scoring of Student Learning and Growth (SLG) goals as well as their role in the evaluation cycle. Facilitator notes are included.
UPDATED: 8.19.16 Module - Student Learning and Growth Goals Foundations
This PowerPoint focuses on the purpose and requirements of SLG goals, examines the difference between growth goals and acheivement goals and provides sample goals for participants to practice with. NOTE: This PPT is part of a 1 1-2/ - 2 hour module and includes activities and faciliator notes for replication in districts.
This series of seven training videos filmed during the Round 1 Workshop Series will walk you through a rigorous process (start-to-finish) of setting, monitoring, and analyzing the outcomes of both a Student Learning & Growth Goal and Professional Goal; utilizing baseline data; and incorporating progress monitoring of data and instructional and professional strategies throughout development.


The materials listed here are designed to provide background information on this piece of the educator effectiveness system and include reasearch-based resources that have been vetted at the national level.
  Measuring Teachers’ Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Nontested Grades and Subjects
This Research & Policy Brief from the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality was developed to help states consider options for assessing student learning growth for the majority of teachers who teach content not assessed through standardized tests.
  Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists
This Research & Policy Brief from the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality addresses the challenges associated with evaluating special education teachers and English language learner specialists, particularly in accurately measuring student achievement growth and connecting that growth to teacher effects.
  Student Learning Evidence
This PowerPoint by Linda Darling-Hammond was presented at the 2012 Educator Effectiveness Summit in Portland.

Guiding Questions For Standards for Student Learning & Growth

  • Tanya Frisendahl Email    (503) 947-5754
    District and School Effectiveness - Education Specialist
  • Sarah Martin Email    (503) 947-5668
    District and School Effectiveness - Ed. Specialist, Instructional Resources
  • Brian Putnam Email    (503) 947-5806
    District and School Effectiveness - Educator Effectiveness Specialist