Rise in Test Scores Tied to School Library Resources

Edweek.org has a report on an interesting study done that has shown a correlation between appropriate and sufficient library collections and qualified library personnel an performance on standardized tests.


The reports conclude that test scores increase as school librarians spend more time collaborating with and providing training to teachers, providing input into curricula, and managing information technology for the school.

The full results will be reported in next month\'s School Library Journal.\'
Students in schools with appropriate and sufficient library collections and qualified library personnel tend to perform better on standardized tests, especially in reading, according to studies of school library programs in Alaska, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

Making the school library an integral learning center and encouraging teachers and librarians to collaborate on lesson plans and classroom assignments could help raise student achievement, the report suggests.

\"The bottom line across the three states is that once again, we\'ve shown a positive and statistically significant correlation between the size of the school library and library media staff and test scores,\" said Keith Curry Lance, the director of the Library Service Center of the Colorado State Library, which conducted the studies due out next month.

The results mirror those found in the center\'s 1993 study on school libraries and student achievement in Colorado.