In 1997, Colorado fourth graders were the state’s first public schoolchildren to be tested on reading via the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Average test scores for a stratified and weighted random sample of 67 (seven percent) of Colorado’s 908 elementary schools were combined with data about their library media programs to answer the following questions:
Are students likely to earn higher reading scores if:
- their schools have state-endorsed library media specialists?
- their school library media specialists are supported by aides?
- their library media specialists play a vital instructional role, complementing the work of classroom teachers?
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