Stronger High School Libraries–Especially Those with More Extensive Networks and Licensed Databases–Linked to Higher CSAP Scores

In 2000, How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: The Second Colorado Study identified characteristics of library media programs associated with higher levels of academic achievement for elementary and middle school students. That report did not address the impact of libraries on high school students because test score data for those grades were not yet available.

Now that test scores for grades 9 through 11 are available, characteristics of successful library media programs at the high school level can be identified.

Highlights

  • Colorado high school students with stronger library media programs tend to score better on assessments.
  • More successful high schools invest two to three times as much in their library media programs as less successful ones, particularly in networking and resource sharing activities that foster information literacy.

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