Advocacy: Recent Research
WASHINGTON STATE April 2015:
Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools released April 1, 2015, includes new research linking strong school library programs and certified school librarians. Unique to this study is an examination of 5-year graduation rates and the creation and use of a "Library Quality Score" evaluative rating system (LQS).
These data suggest that "while high-poverty schools do have worse graduation rates than low-poverty schools, this gap is not inevitable; and one key factor distinguishing high-performing high-poverty schools from low-performing high-poverty schools is a quality library program" (p.25).
"Libraries staffed by CTLs [certified teacher librarians] are more accessible to students, boast better print collections and more advanced technology, and provide access to the latest online resources, both in school and from home via remote access" (p.34).
"Schools with CTLs on staff have higher 5-year graduation rates and higher percentages of students passing standardized exams" (p.34).
As found in the PA school library impact study of 2012, "schools with the highest rates of free or reduced price lunch show the most dramatic relationship between the presence or absence of a CTL and student achievement" (p.34).
"The individualized learning resources, research skills, and access to information and resources that can be provided through a school library with a certified teacher-librarian should be a key priority in helping to ensure struggling high school students are able to obtain a high school diploma" (p.35).
Related: "Washington Library Media Association Releases Op-Ed: 'Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates” School Library Journal, April 17, 2015
"Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success." School Library Journal May 26, 2015.
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