Frequently Asked Questions
Q: A number of Essential Elements in the SLMPE rubric are beyond the control of the Library Media Specialist, like Budget, Facility, and Staffing. How can we be evaluated on an element that is beyond our control?
A: The SLMPE rubric is designed as a program evaluation instrument, not an instrument for evaluation of the Library Media Specialist (LMS). Support for the Library Media Program and evaluation along the 25 Essential Elements in the rubric are a collaborative effort by the school district, teachers, administration, program staff and support staff, students, and school community. The rubric is intended to foster the dialog between parties to strengthen programs and help direct available resources to priorities established in an action plan based upon findings from its use.
Q: Gaps exist in some places in the rubric between columns, like “Below Basic” to “Basic”, or between “Distinguished” and “Proficient”, making it difficult to select one column in an Essential Element. Could you add a "write-in" explanation section to allow for explanations?
A: Beneath the row in each Essential Element of the SLMPE rubric an “Evidence, notes, comments” box. There is an additional open cell under each set of “Examples”. In electronic format (encouraged) these comments boxes are infinitely expandable to include whatever comments, data, and observation or notes the reviewer may wish to make. [In a print version, the sizes of these boxes can be expanded by the user before printing to allow for more space to record notes.]
Q: To obtain “Basic” status under the SLMPE rubric Essential Element “Program Planning and Evaluation”, the LMP must form a Library Advisory Committee and have evidence based evaluation of the library media program in development. Who is doing this currently; is anyone accomplishing this?
A: Each of the 25 Essential Elements that make up the SLMPE rubric has a strong grounding in the research and substantial professional literature on school library media programs. Some of this research and writing is included in the Web pages supporting use of the rubric. For example, links to works of leading school library researchers and writers like Dr. Michael Eisenberg and Doug Johnson provide compelling arguments for the reasons to have a Library Advisory committee.
Q: How do you measure something like the Essential Element “Climate Conducive to Learning”?
Links to research lead by Dr. Wayne Hoy, at the Ohio State University Department of Educational Administration, and others, provide instruments for measuring school and classroom climate. NYSED Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology School Library Services Web pages point to supportive bibliographies and research on each Essential Element in the rubric that can be used to aid the evaluation process and inform the development of action plans based on findings.
Q: In sharing the SLMPE rubric, are people aware that in New York School Library Media Specialists are "teachers" who have taken education courses and are "trained" in educational pedagogy?
A: There are a variety of pathways to meet the requirements to become a New York State certified School Library Media Specialist (LMS), and all require the certified Library Media Specialists to be a highly qualified certified K-12 teachers with a Masters degree in Library Science from an institution of higher education approved either by the Commissioner of Education, a regional accrediting agency, or out-of-State equivalent. The NYS certified LMS must have at least 21 semester hours of pedagogical core teacher education demonstrating competency in teaching knowledge, skills, and methods needed to work as a general education teacher, from an institution of higher education with an approved teacher education program, as well as satisfactory completion of other requirements.