20-Minute Online Schoology Course: SAO Beginning of the Year – Creating & Submitting a Quality SAO

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Directions to access the Professional Learning Schoology Group:

  • Log in to Schoology and go to ‘Groups’ on the top blue navigation bar.
  • Select the ‘My Groups’ link on the right of the screen.
  • Select ‘Join Group’ on the right and enter the access code: ZJDR-NJQR-XRZVW
  • The Professional Learning list of offerings can be found in the ‘Resources’ section on the left navigation bar within the group.
    • Then choose ‘Instructional Staff’, next select the ‘Student Achievement Objectives (SAOs)’ folder, and finally click on the ‘SAO Beginning of the Year – Creating & Submitting a Quality SAO’ course info page.  The course access code is found there.

Improving the Quality of SAOs (Year 3 Examples)

Elementary Example
Kindergarten ELA Example

Middle School Example
7th Grade ELA Example

High School Example
U.S. History Example

Module Videos

SAO Implementation Actions for Classroom Teachers

Teachers are responsible for continuing to implement the SAO and monitor student progress throughout the entire school year.  Essentially, teachers should record student scores from the SAO summative assessments on a spreadsheet or in a table to track students’ progress.  The classroom teacher should collect samples of student work that are representative of each target level established in the SAO.  The SAO Student Progress Spreadsheet is an example of how teachers may choose to record student progress on SAO summative assessments.  Teachers are responsible for documenting student performance and being prepared to have a conversation with their administrator about the data during the end-of-year SAO evaluation.  The method for documenting student progress may vary from teacher to teacher.

Classroom Teacher SAO Modules

Writing an SAO



Non-Classroom Teacher SAO Modules

Writing an SAO



SAO Implementation Actions for Non-Classroom Teachers

In preparation for the end-of-year evaluation, non-classroom teachers should record the activities provided and the results on a spreadsheet or in a table to track their progress. The Non-Classroom Teacher Progress Spreadsheet is one example of how non-classroom teachers may choose to record progress. This template would allow the non-classroom teacher to identify the groups supported, the strategy/activity provided, the evidence collected, and the responses from individuals in the target group with respect to their understanding of the expectations identified in the SAO Learning Goal.

Teachers should plan to gather summative data in preparation for the SAO summative evaluation by mid April.   Directions for the end-of-year evaluation and required Journey actions will be distributed in April.