Student Learning Objectives

Student Learning Objectives

With guidance from the State Board of Education*, the SLO ISLMA Task Force** has completed three sample SLOs and rubrics for use in school libraries: one for elementary, one for junior high, and one for high school. Each SLO focuses on a research skill that supports the importance of our jobs. Hopefully, school librarians in Illinois will use these exemplars to strive towards these student objectives and assessments.

Sample SLOs

  • Elementary    PDF
  • Junior/Middle    PDF
  • High    PDF

How to adapt the sample SLOs and Rubrics to fit your needs:

  • use only part of the rubric
  • use the rubric and SLO for a different grade level
  • for the elementary rubric, choose between the one with percentages or without
  • change the assessment
    • paper/pen or technology
    • structured assessment or open response
  • Three letters of recommendation that include:
  • choose instructional strategies that fit your teaching style
  • use authentic research projects for pre- and post-assessments
  • add as many data points as possible between your pre- and post-assessments
    • see the students as often as possible to check progress and give further instruction
    • use formative assessment, such as exit tickets, student self-assessments, etc.

Additional Resources:

Balanced Assessment, ISBE

  • Diana Zaleski, Division of Student Assessment, ISBE
  • Tracy Hubbard, Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, Skokie
  • Elisabeth LeBris, Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth
  • Sia Paganis, Spring Wood Middle School, Hanover Park
  • Pam Strom, New Trier HS, Northfield
  • Lisa Talbert, Highland Elementary, Skokie
  • Barbara Ungar, Central Elementary, Wilmette