Five Tips for Making a Good
Student Growth Objective (SGO)
1. School psychologists are not required by the state of New Jersey to complete student growth objectives (SGO’s). However, your district may ask you to develop SGO’s.
2. If your district requires School Psychologists to develop SGOs, The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) does not require school psychologists to complete their SGO’s following the CCCS. The New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP) recommends school psychologists develop their SGOs following the best practices set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) practice model. [http://www.nasponline.org/standards/practice-model/]
3. NJASP endorses school psychologists to create their two SGO’s following their current practice as well as expanding their roles. This is an opportunity to demonstrate the values of our position and range of our training. School psychologists should be aware that the current regulations enable SGOs to be revised mid-year. For more information on the roles and functions as reported by school psychologists in New Jersey, NJASP conducted a recent survey.
4. NJASP recommends that your SGO data is measurable, valid, reliable, and usable. For example, ensure that you are using a sample to which you have direct access.
5. NJASP advises that school psychologists ensure the support and resources are available through your district to achieve your goal.
Resources for Evaluation Models
1. A Resource Guide for Evaluation of School Psychologists: NJASP Resource Guide for Evaluating School Psychologists Appendix B: Framework for School Psychologists. Sample goal for: ADHD Goal Sample goal for: Universal Interventions for PBIS .pdf
2. AchieveNJ: Evaluating Educational Services Staff, Counselors, and Other Specialists: http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/intro/SpecialistsandOthersOverview.pdf
3. 2014-15 Student Growth Objective Form: http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/teacher/2014-15StudentGrowthObjectiveForm.pdf