Making An Investment SLMS Programs Add to Academic Achievement
Good News • The highest achieving students come from schools with good library media centers. • Libraries are at the heart of the learning experience for almost 44 million elementary, middle and high school students in schools with library media centers. • Schools with higher rated libraries have 10 to 18 percent better test scores than schools with lower rated libraries. • School library media specialists across the country report that library funding for staff and materials is being dramatically cut back in financially troubled areas of the United States. Bad News
Current Status of 900 Collection • The average age of our collection is 1999 (recommended is 2004) • The 900s section makes up 7.1% of the total media center collection (8.5% is recommended)
According to the Colorado State Library……. • SLMCs average 28 volumes per student (We have 34/ student) • Average expenditure per student for materials is $12.49 (This year is $5.55/ student)
“One of the cornerstones of No Child Left Behind is teaching children how to read. School libraries play a critical role by providing children with books and resources so that they can improve their reading skills and achieve at high levels.” —Margaret Spelling, Secretary of Education. Improving Achievement through School Libraries. July 2006. http://www.ed.gov/programs/ lsl/factsheet.pdf
Less than $5 per student will make a big impact on the value of their education.
“When effective school libraries are in place, students do learn. 13,000 students can’t be wrong.” — Ross J. Todd, Carol C. Kuhlthau, and OELMA. Learning through Ohio School Libraries, 2004. http://www.oelma.org/studentlearning/default.asp
Resources……… TitleWave Collection Analysis. Rep. Vol. Midland Elementary. Follett Library Services, 2009. Print. School Library Benchmarks: Colorado 2008. Publication. Library Research Service, 2009. Web. 29 Nov. 2009. 2008-09 Colorado School Library Statistics - State Ratios. Rep. Library Research Services, Nov. 2009. Web. 29 Nov. 2009. Office of Governor Bill Ritter, JR. CALLING FOR SHARED SACRIFICE, GOV. RITTER SUBMITS LEAN FY10-11 BUDGET. WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR. 6 Nov. 2009. Web. 7 Nov. 2009.