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Topic: SLO for PreCalculus
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Meg Clemens

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RE: SLO for PreCalculus
Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:22 PM
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My understanding is that someone else would have to write the project and
rubric. The projects are oral presentations during the last week+ of
classes so I would have to videotape the presentations. Some other poor
teacher would have to watch 14 class periods on video. This seems too hard
to do.

From: []
On Behalf Of Elaine Zseller
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:52 AM
To: ''
Subject: RE: SLO for PreCalculus

Do you use an analytic rubric to score the final project? Have you converted
this to numerical scores? Performance based assessments are permissible for

From: []
On Behalf Of Meg Clemens
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:43 AM
Subject: SLO for PreCalculus

I need to write a SLO for PreCalculus (in addition to one for Algebra). I'm
looking for some advice from other teachers who are also doing this. I have
seen the sample SLO for PreCalc on engageny. This teacher is giving a
pretest similar to the final exam and the SLO is based on results of the
final exam. No details were given about how the final exam will be written
or graded.

I have not given an final exam in PreCalc since 1999. I realized that
juniors took it seriously but the second semester seniors just blew it off.
Pass rates were awful. Few students did review. One student told me he
could get a 30 on the final exam and still pass the course. I switched to a
project based final exam in 2000 and have done one every year since then. The
students were engaged. Even the seniors put forth their best effort since
the project was presented to the class. Now I have to go back to a written

I am the only teacher in my district teaching PreCalc. Someone else has to
write the exam and grade it. Realistically it probably has to be another
teacher in my school (he is going to be SO happy to have this added to his
final weeks workload). PreCalc curriculums vary so widely from district to
district that a regional exam seems unlikely to be appropriate. Anyone else
in St Lawrence County writing a SLO for PreCalc? I haven't talked to anyone
anywhere yet. Most teachers are covered by just the regents exams.

So please write me ( if you are writing a PreCalc SLO
or pass this on to another teacher if you know someone who is. I'd
appreciate it.


Meg Clemens

Canton NY

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