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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An important new study of Pennsylvania's schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.
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SLJ Summit 2012: Full-Time School Librarians Boost Student Test Scores in Reading, Writing, Says PA Report | School Library Journal

SLJ Summit 2012: Full-Time School Librarians Boost Student Test Scores in Reading, Writing, Says PA Report | School Library Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Yet another study finds a relationship between having a certified school librarian and higher scores in reading and writing assessments.  This one is from Pennsylvania, where high school students take a state assessment known as the PSSA:

“Students who have access to a full-time, certified librarian scored higher on the PSSA Reading Test than those students who do not have such access. This finding is true for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and/or disability status.”

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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.

“The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school librarians contribute in rich and diverse ways to the intellectual life of a school, and to the development of students who can function in a complex and increasingly digital information environment,” said Dr. Ross Todd, lead researcher in the study and CISSL director.

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School libraries changing with move to digital resources

School libraries changing with move to digital resources | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From eSchool News editor Laura Devaney:

"As schools across the nation move from printed textbooks to digital materials and digital learning environments, school libraries are adapting to keep pace—and new advancements are changing the very definition of school libraries and library media..."

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Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores

Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

By Lauren Barack

April 25, 2012

An effective school library impacts more than student achievement—it also lifts a school's entire educational climate, says a recent two-phase study by Rutgers University's Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) on behalf of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).

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