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.

Deadline Clarification
Please note that the Student Learning Objective (SLO) district window for completion and submission is May 1-20; however, teachers should ensure they know their school’s specific, individual deadline as decided by their school leader. The end of year deadline for SLO submissions continues to be prior to your LEAP end of year conversations. These submissions can be adjusted after the school leader’s review or if teachers have additional evidence of student growth after their first submission. Please contact if you have additional concerns.

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

Click here to visit the SLO application.


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


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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.