Student Achievement

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Lance, Keith Curry, Marcia J. Rodney and Christine Hamilton-Pennell. How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards. Denver: Library Research Service, 2000. Executive summary of the second "Colorado Study" conducted by Keith Curry Lance and the Library Research Service.


Lance, Keith Curry. "The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement." School Library Media Quarterly 22, no. 3 (Spring 1994): 167-170, 172. Keith Curry Lance, director of the Library Research Service, highlights the major findings of the original "Colorado study" and their importance to school library practitioners, researchers and advocates. Originally published in School Library Media Quarterly, the article has been reprinted online in School Library Media Research.

Other State Studies:


Lance, Keith Curry, and David V. Loertscher. Powering Achievement: School Library Media Programs Make a Difference: The Evidence Mounts. 3rd ed. San Jose, Calif.: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2005. ISBN 978-1933170145. Primer for presenting research studies to groups of librarians, teachers, administrators and others; starting discussions based on the research of school library programs with these audiences; implementing the research findings and measuring impact. The third edition of this standard work helps presenters even more by updating every presentation to include all 14 of the Lance studies through the Illinois study completed in 2005.


School Libraries Work! Danbury, Conn.: Scholastic Library Publishing, 2008. This research foundation paper brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly a decade of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact of school libraries and school librarians on learning outcomes. The report shows that school libraries administered by certified librarians are a powerful force in the lives of America’s children.


School Library Media Centers: Selected results from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released some of the findings from a longitudinal study of 10th graders. Among the findings are that students in the lowest quartile of composite test scores make less focused use of library resources, while students in the middle and highest three quartiles of composite test scores reported higher use of library resources for assignments, in-school projects and research papers.


Todd, Ross J. (2003) Irrefutable Evidence: How to prove you boost student achievement. School Library Journal. Todd, director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers University, introduces systematic approaches to documenting school library program impact on student achievement.



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