Using the AASL Standards to assess learners

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/26/2023


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, “Assessing Learners: Using the AASL Standards to Measure Competency and Growth” unpacks a complex and critical area of school library instruction aligned to the National School Library Standards. Readers will be able to appropriately select or design assessment tools to measure learner understanding and growth. As pre-service and in-service school librarians become more fluent with the AASL Standards and more confident in their assessment practices, this text will continue to serve as a guide for building effective lesson plans. A bridge between learner assessment and school librarian practice, this professional guide written by Elizabeth A. Burns provides:

  • discussions of common assessments used in the school library in the context of the AASL Standards and with an emphasis on growth mindset and personalized learning;
  • competency-based assessment examples situated in learning scenarios that integrate instruction with content areas; and 
  • strategies for a variety of settings and learners, including remote and low-tech assessments.

Burns is an associate professor and the school library program director for the Library and Information Studies Program in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University. She is a career educator who spent several years as a classroom teacher and school librarian before moving into higher education. She teaches library education courses, preparing graduate students for endorsement in school library media and careers in library and information workplaces.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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