Measures of Student Learning (MSL) Study
Colorado districts have been working over the last four years to develop and implement systems to measure student learning (MSLs) for teachers and principals. The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) has partnered with Slope to conduct a multi-year study focused on MSL system trends across the state. This work began in the 2013-14 school year with a focus on what systems looked like across the state and identifying how districts made important decisions regarding their MSL systems. In the 2014-15 school year, the second year of the study focused more on issues related to MSL implementation than on MSL development. As a result of this project, several resources have been developed to help districts as they continue in MSL work.
- MSL System Guiding Questions - Based on the findings from the MSL study, this document contains guiding questions for all districts to consider as they review and improve their MSL systems.
- MSL System Design - This report highlights the key findings from the study regarding how districts across the state have designed their MSL systems.
- MSL System Implementation - This report highlights the key findings from the study regarding the implementation of MSL systems across the state.
- Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) in MSL Systems - This report examines how districts are utilizing SLOs within their MSL systems.
- Individualized District Feedback - Each district that participated in the study also received individualized feedback on their MSL system from local experts. This is an example of one of these reports.
Colorado School District Communication Network analysis
Slope partnered with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) to study the communication patterns within the community of 178 school districts in the state of Colorado. The goal of this study was to improve communication and outreach efforts of both CEI and the Colorado Department of Education by diagraming patterns of communication, the flow of information, and influential districts within the state. This report has been used to help target regulatory guidance and other technical documentation for maximum impact.
LDC Network analysis
Slope partnered with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to study the collaborative behavior of educators involved in LDC in Colorado. LDC is an instructional tool that helps educators create high quality teaching and evaluation modules that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Colorado Academic Standards. Educators answered questions about their experience with LDC and we analyzed the data to create visual representations of the LDC communication network across the state. Click here to see an overview of the findings.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) Student Perception Survey
Slope partnered with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to help prepare and administer their Student Perception Survey for the 2015-16 school year. In this survey, students respond to questions on teachers in three main areas: (a) Facilitates Learning, (b) High Expectations of Students, and (c) Supports Students. The Student Perception Survey is used as a part of the DPS Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP) teacher growth and performance system.
ICONS Project Communication Network Analysis
The ICONS Project works with with the defense community to help plan for various aspects of military operation through simulation of real world tactical scenarios. Slope continues to partner with ICONS to provide network analytic support for several defense related simulations. The purpose of Slope's work with ICONS is to provide analyses of the communication environment within simulations and to make recommendations for optimizing the flow of information in the field.