School Libraries Boost Reading Test Scores, According to New Study

The School Library Journal used data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to prove something librarians and reading specialists have long held to be true: schools with school libraries and full time librarians are making significant gains on standardized reading tests. When analyzing the result of cutbacks on school libraries on 4th grade reading test scores, the School Library Journal found:

The results are what you’d expect: in many cases, fewer librarians translated to lower performance—or a slower rise in scores—on standardized tests.

Libraries that are kept "open" without full-time librarians become little more than book-storage spaces, or as is the case with many schools in DC, extra space to be used however the administration deems fit.

“If libraries are kept open by volunteers, then they become little more than warehouses. The negative impact on student achievement may not be immediately evident, but it will be substantial," says Barbara Stripling, director of library services for New York City’s Department of Education told the School Library Journal.

Take a look at the data below and think about all the good EnjoyReading can do for schools where administrative cutbacks won't budge, and libraries and librarians are being cut. If the data moves you, why not Send A Book to Stanton Elementary, EnjoyReading's pilot school for the 2011-12 school year?!

Read more from the original article, "Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores"