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1 How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards The Second Colorado Study Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D. Library Research Service Colorado State Library Colorado Department of Education Tel.: Fax: Web site:

2 Sample & Data Sample: 200 elementary & middle schools statewide Library survey staffing, activities, collections, usage, technology Available data: Community: poverty, race/ethnicity, education School: teacher-pupil ratio, teacher characteristics, per pupil spending Test scores: CSAP, grades 4 & 7

3 Library Development Professional & total staffing ratios Volumes per student, print & electronic subscriptions per 100 students Library expenditures per student Compared top & bottom 25 schools on library development. 4th grade: average CSAP gains, 18% 7th grade: 10-15%

4 Leadership Weekly hours librarian spends meeting with principal participating in faculty meetings, on standards & curriculum committees meeting with library staff

5 Collaboration Weekly hours librarian spends planning cooperatively with teachers delivering information literacy instruction to students providing in-service training to teachers supporting network linking library & classrooms Compared top & bottom 25 schools on collaboration 4th grade: average CSAP gains, 18-21% 7th grade: 8%

6 Technology Per 100 Students Networked computers Licensed database computers Internet computers Compared top & bottom 25 schools on technology 4th grade: average CSAP gains, 6-13% 7th grade: 18-25%

7 Flexible Scheduling Library visits by individual students (vs. group visits) Compared top & bottom 25 schools on individual visits per student 7th grade only: average CSAP gains, 13-22%

8 CSAP scores rise with... Library development Technology Collaboration (which rises with Leadership) Flexible scheduling In a comparison of highest and lowest scoring schools, library predictors increase 50% while CSAP proficiency doubles

9 School libraries and librarians affect test scores despite... Community differences adult educational attainment poverty race/ethnicity School differences teacher-pupil ratio per pupil school expenditures teachers’ experience & salaries Combined, library factors alone explain 8% of total test score variation

10 Post-Script In , high schools scoring above average on CSAP had libraries … With more professional and support staff With more computers providing access to library catalog, databases, and Internet That spent more on licensed databases That participated more in resource sharing Visited more by students, especially for information literacy instruction

11 What You Can Do To Make Your Students Successful Be S-M-A-R-T about your library. Staff, stock, and fund your library to support your curriculum and CSAP preparation. Meet regularly with your librarian. Acknowledge your librarian as a school leader and master teacher. Reward your librarian and teachers for planning and teaching cooperatively. Take credit for making your library the keystone of your school’s success and for empowering your librarian to do the job she was trained to do.

12 For More Information Visit and click on School Media Studies under Special Projectshttp://www.lrs.org Contact Keith Curry Lance, Director, Library Research Service, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 309, Denver, CO 80203, , fax ,


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