School Library Research and Statistics
School Library Impact Studies 1999-2015
Subject: Preliminary Findings re: The School Librarian Effect on Student Academic Achievement in New York State (IMLS Award Re: 04-15-0081-15)
New Finding! A preliminary report that summarizes the results a first full series of statistical causal modeling re: The School Librarian Effect on Student Academic Achievement in New York State: Statistical Causal Modeling and the Effect of School Librarians on Academic Achievement: Moving beyond Descriptive Statistics and Simple Correlations. (October 20, 2015). (133KB) Michael Radlick and Joette Stefl-Mabry.
These results will be presented in much greater detail and more formally through a number of published research articles.
School Librarians & Student Achievement. (May 2, 2015). (798KB) Michael Radlick and Joette Stefl-Mabry. Presentation at NYLA/SSL Spring Conference.
This 2015-2018 study will be examining the impact of school librarians on student academic achievement in schools throughout New York State. This project RE-04-15-0081-15, has been made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
School Libraries Impact Studies. (1999-2015). Library Research Service. http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/ .
This Web site includes many state studies on the impact of school librarians on student learning and achievement.
Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS) (December 2014). American Association of School Librarians - National Research Forum White Paper. http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/researchandstatistics/CLASSWhitePaper
FINAL.pdf . (1.05MB)
Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement. (2011). New York Comprehensive Center. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nyla/nycc_school_library_brief.pdf (287KB)
The Impact of New York’s School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivation (2009-2010). Ruth Small et al.
- Phase I - http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol12/SLMR
- Phase II - http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol12/SLMR
This three phase study on the impact of New York's school libraries and librarians on student learning and motivation found that in elementary schools with certified librarians, students scored significantly higher on ELA standardized tests than schools without certified librarians. This study was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
School Libraries Work! (2008). Scholastic Publishing Research Foundation. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/library/documents/slw3_2008.pdf
This report highlights the positive impact of school librarians on student achievement from 20 State and Canadian studies.