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Last Updated: 01/11/2021

SGOs Removed from Teacher Evaluations

Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) are measurable and specific academic goals for groups of students set by educators in consultation with their supervisors. In light of the pandemic, Executive Order No. 214will remove SGOs as a component of formal educator evaluations for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, all educators will be evaluated solely on observations conducted by supervisors, principals, or other school leaders. SGOs may still be utilized for other purposes, such as professional development.

Service Time Limitations for Certain Substitutes Extended

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Executive Order No. 214will help districts manage the increase in temporary and permanent teacher vacancies by allowing (1) those in the process of becoming certificated teachers to fill teaching vacancies for a maximum of 60 school days instead of 20 school days; and 2) fully certificated teachers who are currently employed as substitutes in an area outside of their credentials to fill teaching vacancies for a maximum of 60 school days instead of 40 school days.

For questions about educator certification or the New Jersey Department of Education's Education Preparation Programs, please see the Department's resource page on Educator Preparation Programs and Certification.

Source: Executive Order No. 214; https://www.nj.gov/education/covid19/teacherresources/eppcert.shtml