Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Value of School Libraries

 Joyce Valenza posted a link to this on Twitter today:
"Standardized scores tend to be 10 to 20% higher than in schools without an investment in a school library program and the “relationship between library resource levels and increased achievement is not explained away by other school variables (e.g., per student spending, teacher-pupil ratios) or community conditions (e.g., poverty, demographics). In fact, no fewer than forty years of research provides an abundance of evidence about the positive impact of qualified teacher-librarians and school libraries on children and adolescents.”   Stephen Abram
Stephen Abram lists many recent library studies using statistics to highlight the benefits of a strong school library program on his blog: Stephen's Lighthouse.

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