Have you ever been asked why the library should be part of the school curriculum? At the California School Library Association Conference held this past November, Doug Achterman gave a presentation on the latest study to confirm the relationship between school libraries and student achievement. Here is a quote from his email to the calib list serv:
" Here are some of the highlights from the new California study on the relationship between school libraries and student achievement:
--At the elementary, middle school and high school levels, the presence of certificated teacher librarians was significantly related to higher STAR test scores.
--At the secondary level, the more total library staff (certificated and classified), the higher the STAR test scores tended to be, even when controlling for school and socio-economic conditions.
--At all three levels, STAR scores were significantly related to the number of services a library staff provided. More services were a good predictor of higher test scores, even when controlling for school and socio-economic conditions.
--At all three levels, both certificated library staffing and total library staffing were significantly related to the number of services the library program offered. The more staffing, the more services.
You can download a copy of the presentation at http://caschoollibraries.pbwiki.com."
Have you some statistics about how your library has affected learning? An anecdote? Please share them with me, so we can start to gather our own information about the unquestionable value of libraries and librarians!
Association of Jewish Libraries