Exam Preparation

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SFO Resource Documents

Recommended Reading List

ASBO International’s Certification Commission provides a general guide for references and publications to use as a study aid in preparation for the SFO exam. The list is not an endorsement of the specific references, nor are the test questions necessarily taken from the sources listed. The Certification Commission will review and update the list on an ongoing basis.

Book References

Ethics for School Business Officials, William T. Hartman and Jacqueline A. Stefkovich. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Essentials of Illinois school finance: A Guide to Techniques, Issues and Resources, Sixth Edition, James Fritts. IL Association of School Boards.

Financial and Managerial Accounting for School Administrators: Superintendents, School Business Administrators, and Principals, Fourth Edition, Ronald E. Everett, Raymond L. Lows, and Donald Johnson. Reston, VA: Association of School Business Officials International, 2003.

Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, Stephen J. Gauthier, 2005.

Evaluating Internal Controls: A Local Government Manager's Guide, Stephen J. Gauthier, 1999.

Planning Educational Facilities: What Educators Need to Know, Third Edition, Glen I. Earthman. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.

Principles of School Business Management. ASBO. R. Craig Wood, Ed.D.

Resource Management for School Administrators. Schilling, Craig & Tomal, Daniel, 2013.

School District Budgeting, Second Edition, William T. Hartman. Lanham, MD: ScarecrowEd, 2003.

Standards of Excellence in Budget Presentation, Denny G. Bolton and Gary W. Harmer. Lanham, MD: ASBO International/Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Forum on Education Statistics, NCES 2003-347, prepared by T. Szuba, R. Young, and the School Facilities Maintenance Task Force, Washington, D.C., 2003.


International School Business Management Professional Standards and Code of Ethics. Copyright 2005 ASBO International. Third Revision 2021.

Website References


  • GFOA Best Practices (Search Topic)
  • Budgeting for Outcomes Key Findings from GFOA Research (Search Topic)

Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

https://www.fema.gov/, Retrieval Date: 03/26/2022

Understanding School Levies

What is a financial Management System?

What School Districts Need To Know About Crowdfunding, Author: Lauren C. Tompkins

What You Should Know about Your Local Government's Finances

Canadian Reference

Federal Statuses: Act Name: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta), Canada.

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