School Librarian Evaluation and Student Growth Objectives

Your District may require you to develop Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) this school year. The New Jersey Department of Education does not mandate that school librarians develop SGOs, however, it allows each individual school district to decide whether or not school librarians develop them. (


Many of our districts are opting to require each school librarian to develop two SGOs for the school year.  If this is the case, 85% of your evaluation score will be based on observations, and 15% of your evaluation score will be based on your SGOs.  Please see Tim Matheney's (Director of Evaluation, Achieve NJ) presentation at the link on the presentation page for more information on this.   Achieve NJ has also developed a question and answer page specifically for school librarians at:


A committee of NJASL volunteers has diligently worked on creating exemplar Student Growth Objectives in conjunction with the NJ Department of Education.   The exemplars have been approved and can be accessed  through the links in the Sample SGOs section of this website.  


Finally, if you have developed an SGO that has been approved by your administration, please send it to me. A small collection of approved SGOs has been developed, but we need your contributions to keep it growing.   You can email me your District approved SGO to


We understand that many school librarians have begun writing their own SGOs and are in need of guidance. You are welcome to let me know if you have any questions or concerns as you begin this process at  


Amy Rominiecki
Standards Chair, New Jersey Association of School Librarians
Library Media Specialist
Seneca High School
110 Carranza Road
Tabernacle, NJ 08088

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