Essential Links

Planning and Assessment

From AASL Essential Links

Assessing the School Library Program

American Association of School Librarians. Building Level Toolkit: Implementing AASL’s Learning Standards and Program Guidelines in Your School Library This Learning4Life toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of the learning standards and share those messages with others. It includes official AASL materials as well as materials created by L4L coordinators, practicing school librarians, library school faculty members, and experts in the field of education.


American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. Defining the future direction of school library programs, this document is a school library program vision statement based on the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.


American Association of School Librarians. Learning4Life: A National Plan for the Implementation of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs A downloadable document describing the national level implementation plan for AASL's current student learning and school library program standards.


American Association of School Librarians. A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners: with School Library Program Assessment Rubric. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with Britannica Digital Learning to co-publish an online, interactive school library program planning module and workbookto help school librarians implement the AASL program guidelines.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. This is the overview document for the current AASL standards for student learning through school library programming. It describes the common beliefs behind the standards and delineates the standards for the 21st century learner to achieve.


American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. This publication provides instructional support for teaching the essential skills defined in the Standards for the 21st Century Learner document. It describes benchmarks and gives action examples by grade level. Click for a preview.


The above materials are the latest publications from AASL on its 21st-century learning standards and school library programs. These materials may be obtained from AASL. Ordering information


Nebraska Educational Media Association. Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Media Programs, Seventh Edition. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59158-717-0. This is a practical and useable reference for developing and evaluating school library programs that meet the needs of 21st century learners, teachers, and administrators.


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Assessing Student Learning

see also Curriculum and Instruction


Farmer, Leslie S.J. and James Henri. Information Literacy Assessment in K-12 Settings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8108-5695-0. This book gives Pre-K to high school school librarians information on the topic of information literacy assessment as applied to the school setting. In addition to a general introduction the processes and problems of information literacy assessment and instruments of assessment are discussed.


Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Assessment Rubrics A collection of rubrics to assess Web pages, subject-specific activities, and technology skills; also related articles abou the use of rubrics for assessment.


MidLink Magazine's Rubrics and Handouts Rubrics and templates for assessing student multimedia projects and other curricular projects.


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