Box 1 & 3: Who are your students and What do they know?
Regardless if the students are elementary or secondary, a Student Learning Objective may be written for EVERY CONTENT area, from Art to X + Y = Z. The first box asks you to describe the students who will be taught and the third box to describe what we know about them in relation to the content to be taught (this may take the form of previous content taught a year earlier).
MI Box 1 Student Population:
Given the Blank SLO Template, describe the student population as seen in the Sample 5th grade Math SLO, or other Michigan samples such as: MS Science, MS/HS Algebra 1 and HS Visual Arts (coming Feb 18). This is basic demographic information that may be relevant, students with accommodations (SWD and EL) would certainly need to be articulated here. It is at the discretion of the district if the specific accomodations need to be listed within this section. Be careful to consider who will see this SLO and the implications of FERPA.
In addition to the OAISD Samples, you will find various states such as Rhode Island (teachers, admin and support SLOs), Louisiana (SLTs), Ohio (core and non-core) and New York (3 years of SLOs) have excellent sample SLOs. When viewing different states, the components will be similar though the sequence often varies. MASSP has also collected samples from several states arranged by content area:
You may group students in a single SLO as in the Sample 5th grade Math or you may write a separate SLO for a specific subgroup of students.
Podcast below a portion of the Ohio Teacher of the Year (2013) explaining both SLO Student Population (Box 1):
Read more about the five steps from American Institute of Research SLO Basics.
Box 3 Baseline Data (Step 2 AIR): The support video from Ohio includes a reference to the Baseline Data Analysis Template OH, both of which are featured below as a playable video or picture that enlarges. Click the orange link above for the PDF of the data template.
Additional Support Pages for Student Learning Objectives or back to SLO Writing Guidance overview: