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A just-released report shows the results of school library staffing in relation to the standardized reading and writng test scores of Pennsylvania students across all grade levels and cohort groups.
"Consistently with previous school library impact studies, this analysis found that test scores tend to be significantly higher for schools that have full-time, certified school librarians as well as for those that have such a librarian with support staff," said researcher Keith Curry Lance.
In 2000, Pennsylvania commissioned a similar study that correlated PSSA reading test scores to characteristics of school library programs. We didn't have writing standardized test data at the time. What I find interesting is that the writing scores are even more strongly related to quality school library progrmas and library staffing and the impact on students with special learning needs. From the findings: