Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Introduction

The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program is designed to improve student literacy skills and academic achievement by providing schools with up-to-date library materials and to ensure that school library media centers are staffed by state-certified school library media specialists. The program is administered by the Department of Education and is the first program specifically aimed at upgrading school libraries since the original school library resources program was established in 1965.

Numerous studies show there is a clear link between the quality of school library programs in schools staffed by a state certified school librarian and student academic achievement. School libraries can contribute to improved student achievement by providing up-to-date instructional materials aligned to the curriculum and instructional practices, collaborating with and supporting teachers, administrators, and parents, and extending their hours of operation beyond the school day.

LSL is authorized through Title I, Part B, Subpart 4, section 1251, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110). The No Child Left Behind Act was up for reauthorization in 2007 but no action has been taken on it yet.

The program was authorized to receive $250 million in federal funding. When the funding levels are less than $100 million in a fiscal year, the Secretary awards competitive grants to eligible school districts. When funds are equal to or more than $100 million, the program will be distributed as formula grants to state departments of education.

The U.S. Department of Education awards competitive grants to high poverty school districts. Only school districts in which 20 percent of the students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line are eligible to apply.

This program was not funded in FY 2011 or 12.

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Award Information

2010
Appropriation: $19,145,000
Number of New Awards: TBD
Average Awards: $350,000
Range of Awards: $30,000 to $500,000


2009
Total Funding: $19,144,597
Total Awards: 57
Total Applicants: 450
Average Awards: $250,000
Range of Awards: $30,000 to $500,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2009 (26):
Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


2008
Total Funding: $19,144,597
Total Awards: 60
Total Applicants: 496
Average Awards: $250,000
Range of Awards: $39,000 to $500,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2008 (26):
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South  Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin



2007
Total Funding: $19,042,452
Total Awards: 78
Total Applicants: 486
Average Awards: $244,134
Range of Awards: $61,062 to $399,420

States not receiving funding in FY 2007 (23):
Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa,  Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania , Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming



2006
Total Funding: $19,486,170
Total Awards: 78
Total Applicants: 520
Average Awards: $190,000
Range of Awards: $30,000 to $300,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2006 (24):
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming



2005
Total Funding: $19.1 million
Total Awards: 85
Total Applicants: 636
Average Award: $225,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2005 (23):
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Verginia, West Verginia, and Wyoming.



2004
Total Funding: 19,842,000
Total Awards: 92
Total Applicants: approximately 700
Average Award: $ 200,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2004 (21):
Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming



2003
Total Funding: $12,419,000
Total Awards: 73
Total Applicants: 700
Average Award: $165,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2003 (24):
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.



2002
Total Funding: $12,418,750
Total Awards: 94
Total Applicants: 593
Average Award: $75,000
Range of Awards: $24,000-$350,000

States not receiving funding in FY 2002 (17):
Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Other Information

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Related

*See Scholastic's School Libraries Work (2008 Edition) (PDF)