The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) acknowledges the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative in the development of the college- and career-readiness standards for English-language arts and mathematics. We encourage our members to study these standards to determine how school library programs support student success in meeting the Common Core State Standards. AASL provided feedback on the grade level bands of the public draft K-12 standards, released on March 10, 2010.
As students strive to meet the rigor of the standards, certified school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that 21st-century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas. AASL leads the way in addressing information literacy through the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action provide a coherent framework of development from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. With the integration of these standards to the Common Core State Standards, students have the opportunity to be well-prepared as life-long learners facing the challenges of college and careers.
The school library professional as leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator is critical for teaching and learning in today’s schools. The school librarian leads in building 21st-century skills by collaborating with classroom teachers to design engaging learning tasks that integrate key critical thinking skills, technology and information literacy skills with subject area content. In addition, the school librarian provides a library program that contains multiple instructional avenues and resources in various formats for the authentic application of information literacy skills.
As these Common Core State Standards are implemented by the states, AASL stands ready to participate in the process. A task force prepared a crosswalk from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to the Common Core State Standards. This document guides our members as they collaborate with classroom teachers. We encourage our members to examine the Common Core State Standards and be involved at the state and local level in their implementation.