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 74 (8%) 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:
- there is a plan for the development of their school’s library media program?
- there is a collection development policy that guides the library media specialist’s selection of learning resources?
- there is a relationship between the school library media program and the local public library?
- public library staff visit the library media center to present book talks?
- the local public library provides a summer reading program to prevent the loss of reading skills progress during the break between school years?
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