Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are course-long learning objectives set by teachers to identify and then monitor student progress along a learning progression towards critical learning outcomes. Based on the Colorado Academic and Common Core State Standards, the goal of SLOs is to focus teachers on setting ambitious, realistic and measurable objectives towards student mastery of the S­tandards.

SLOs provide a process by which teachers start in the right place – determining what our students need to know by the end of each course to succeed in college, career and life. Teachers then plan backwards in an aligned, thoughtful way to ensure that every minute of instruction and assessment is working towards our common goal of Every Child Succeeds. By implementing SLOs, DPS seeks to maximize student growth by making effective teaching practices a part of every teacher’s planning.

Click here to visit the SLO wiki page, which contains all model SLOs, Performance Based Task resource bank, and the new home for Unit Assessments.


Process Resources: Progress Monitoring and End-of-Course Command Levels

DPS is sponsoring a research study conducted by Rutgers University that will result in a digital notebook of high quality assignments and student work examples to help teachers and schools with standards implementation and SLOs.  Middle School Math and Science teachers will be asked to collect and review some student work examples and will be compensated $200 each for participating. You are strongly encouraged to participate in this effort. Click here for more details and next steps.

District Model SLOs and Performance Based Tasks (PBTs)
To view SLO samples and PBTs, please visit the Model SLO and Performance Based Tasks (PBTs) Bank.

For more detailed information on district Performance Based Tasks to match SLOs, click here.


Megan Lovinguth Assessment Support Manager
Jonathon Haradon SLO Coordinator
 Grace Saenz  Grant/SLO Team Coordinator


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For more information on the SLO process for SSPs see the SSP SLO website. Please contact the Talent Management team (at for any questions regarding the SLO process for SSPs.