Educational Design and Technology

How to Use the School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric

The New York State Education Department School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) rubric is intended for use by schools for the evaluation and improvement of school library media programs (LMP) to increase student achievement. Teachers, librarians, students, administrators, parents, and school community members can use the SLMPE rubric to evaluate and help strengthen the library media program.
The SLMPE rubric is designed to foster discussion among all members of the school community around these needs.

  • The SLMPE rubric is designed around three basic categories;
  • Each main category is divided into “Essential Elements”, with twenty-five essential elements overall. A student “snapshot” is included with each element to briefly describe the desired impact of the element for students.

  • Each element is evaluated by the reviewer across a continuum from “Distinguished”, to “Proficient”, “Basic” and “Below Basic”, with a check-box to indicate where the LMP lies on the continuum
  • An “Examples” column provides research-based suggestions of evidence to help indicate a particular essential element.
  • A comments box is included in each “Essential Element” to allow for reviewer notes or comments. An additional cell is included under each set of examples as well for the reviewer to make notes or indicate further examples of evidence to support that element.

Self-Assessment - Consider the SLMPE rubric as a self-assessment tool for the LMP. Use the rubric to measure the degree of success in the different elements in question. The SLMPE rubric can be used to create a self-assessment report that includes qualitative and quantitative evidence to support responses to the various elements. Once this needs assessment is completed, LMS and school administrators can develop action plans for the development of specific goals, defining resources, time and participation required. These action plans can be continuously updated with progress being noted.

Multiple formats/time-frames - There is no one way to use the rubric. It is intended for use either in print or in electronic format. Electronic use provides greater flexibility. A school administrator, LMS, or other individual familiar with the LMP can go through the rubric on paper or using a computer,  checking the box that most closely identifies the level of performance of the LMP within each element, making notes in the ‘Comments’ or ‘Examples’ space provided. This can be done in a session of approximately an hour to an hour and a half, or over the course of a semester or school year through multiple observations of the LMP, communications with teachers, students, and the LMS, and impressions, notes, and feedback from the school community.

Action Planning -  A “Summary” area is included for making note of the particular areas the LMP can focus on for a program assessment report and needs assessment. The rubric is designed to foster discussions between the school administrator and the Library Media Specialist around these needs. The SLMPE rubrics can be used not only as an evaluation tool, but to help guide school decision-makers in determining where they should be directing resources.

SLMPE rubric support links - Linked with the SLMPE rubric to support strengthening library media programs and increasing student achievement is the full Web site http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/library/SLMPE_rubric/How_to_use_SLMPE_rubric.html This includes a glossary of terms, bibliography, FAQs, and Web resources related to each of the 25 Essential Elements with information and tools targeted for program improvement.

Last Updated: September 29, 2010