Research and Statistics

Causality: School Libraries & Student Success (CLASS) White Paper click here to open a pdf of the report
The purpose of this white paper is to report on the convening of the nation’s leading school library and educational researchers at the Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS) forum and to propose a national agenda to demonstrate the positive influences of effective school librarians and quality school libraries on student learning. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number LG-62-13-0212-13.

Comments regarding the CLASS white paper are being accepted until October 15, 2014. If you would like to provide any feedback about the paper, please submit comments to Allison Cline.

School Libraries Count! longitudinal study
"School Libraries Count!" aims to gather data on changes in the field to gain understanding of the state of school library programs nationally.

Essential Links - Student Achievement
A compilation of research studies undertaken on school library programs and their impact on student achievement.

Working Together Is Working Smarter Infographic
This infographic details key school librarian findings from Remolding Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works, a report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) in April 2013. The report details key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 2,400 educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. It investigates the connection between professional learning, educator collaboration and student learning.

AASL Urban Schools Task Force Survey Report click here to open a pdf of the report
The AASL Urban Schools Task Force was charged to pull together data and resources related to urban school libraries in order to recommend urban school library support strategies. The task force conducted two national surveys to gain feedback from urban librarians and urban library administrators about their current work situations and specific needs. 

The Condition of U.S. Libraries: Trends, 1999 - 2009 click here to open a pdf of the report
The following report highlights US economic trends (2009) and summarizes trends in public, school, and academic libraries during the current decade for: Number of Libraries and Population Served, Expenditures, Staffing, and Services. The compilation was prepared in December 2009 for the staff and member leaders of the American Library Association to support its planning activities.

The Condition of U.S. Libraries: School Library Trends, 1999 - 2009 click here to open a pdf of the report
This report is excerpted from the "The Condition of U.S. Libraries: Trends, 1999 - 2009" and presents the economic landscape and detail about school libraries.

NCES - State Education Reforms (SER) external link icon
This Web site is based on the report "Overview and Inventory of State Education Reforms: 1990 to 2000," and is updated periodically to incorporate new data on state education reform activities.

Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Library Media Centers in the United States:
Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey
 
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A First Look report at the public school library media center results of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 2011-2012 School and Staffing Survey (SASS).

U.S. Department of Education - Improving Literacy through School Libraries Second Evaluation report external link icon
The Second Evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program (2009) provides findings on how grant funds are targeted to schools, uses of the grant funds, staff collaboration and professional development, and the relationship between participation in the program and reading achievement scores.