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Library Base Program
Transcript of Library Base Program
What the Research Says
More than 60 research studies throughout the nation, from Alaska to North Carolina to California, have shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without libraries.
Douglas Achterman’s 2008 doctoral dissertation on student achievement in California, titled “Haves, Halves and Have-Nots: School Libraries and Student Achievement,” found that the greater the number of library services offered, the higher students’ scores tended to be. “On the U.S. History test, the library program is a better predictor of scores than both school variables and community variables, including parent education, poverty, ethnicity, and percentage of English language learners.”
California Ed Code
The California Education Code (EC) reinforces the integral role of school libraries by requiring school districts to provide school library services and the State Board of Education to adopt standards, rules, and regulations for school libraries. The relevant EC sections are as follows:
Section 18100. The governing board of each school district shall provide school library services for the pupils and teachers of the district by establishing and maintaining school libraries or by contractual arrangements with another public agency.
Section 18101. The State Board of Education shall adopt standards, rules and regulations for school library services.
Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools
School Library Standards for Students incorporate information literacy skills. Students learn to access, evaluate, use, and integrate information and ideas found in print, media, and digital resources, enabling them to function in a knowledge-based economy and technologically oriented society. The standards are organized around four concepts followed by overarching standards that continue across all grade levels. Each grade or grade span has detailed standards. Students should achieve these standards by the end of each grade level or grade span. These are not stand-alone standards taught in isolation; they are meant to be taught
collaboratively by the classroom teacher and the teacher librarian in the context of
Organization of Standards
1. Students Access Information
2. Students Evaluate Information
3. Students Use Information
4. Students Integrate Information Literacy Skills Into All Areas of Learning
CCSS and Model Library Standards
Examples of Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools Supporting
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts &
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
What is CDE's Position?
Tom Adams, director of the CDE’s Standards and Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources
Division, said “My hope is that when people start to implement the Common Core standards, they have
the new school library standards right with them. Common Core has amped up the research needs (for
students) in writing narratives, and expository writing. If they use the new school library standards with
Common Core, it will tell them how to do a good job in terms of research reading and research writing.”
“What these standards will do, and the research schools they develop will do, is teach another language,”
Thank You and Do you have Questions?
“CCSS tells us what students need to know, the MSLS explains how to get the job done.”
CDE Curriculum Director
Currently there are 4 Teacher Librarians, 41 Library Specialists, 1 Comprehensive Library Specialist, 1 District Library Specialist, and 1 Coordinator of Library Services.
Study after study show that when Teacher Librarians, Library Specialists and classroom teachers work together, students achieve. This is the model we have established in our high schools. To support all schools with this proven model for success and to implement CCSS and Model Library Standards, a Teacher Librarian TOA and a Classified Paraprofessional Coach are needed at the District Level.
Currently schools' Library Specialists are funded out of Categorical. Teacher Librarians are funded out of General Funds. District level library staff are funded out of GF. It is getting more and more difficult for schools to afford their library staff. Schools are having to make impossible choices of funding libraries or other site support positions. When these essential staff are eliminated, students suffer.
I propose that the Library Program be funded with GF as part of the Base Program of Instruction. I further propose that a Teacher Librarian TOA and a Paraprofessional Coach(pending creation of position) be created at the district level to support the successful implementation of standards and support of schools.