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Research Summary

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Research_Project_Summary[1].ppt

 

SUMMARY

 

“The purpose of the Florida School Library Media Study was 1) to examine the library media resources, services and usage to capture an accurate picture of the status of Florida’s school library media programs and 2) to determine the role of media programs and media specialists on student achievement.”  The results of the study were obtained through a survey and information provided by the Florida Department of Education.

The study describes school librarian’s numerous professional activities, how many will be retiring, duties and time spent as a staff member, policies and procedures, collections and technology resources, and professional development.  The achievement of elementary, middle, and high school students is described in individual sections.  Graphs are presented, which display Florida’s book collections per pupil, and per pupil expenditures for non-print materials as compared with national averages, and per pupil expenditures for books as compared to national averages, Texas, and Minnesota.  Florida ranks lowest in each graph compared to national averages, Texas, and Minnesota.  Factors are given describing why certain schools are “A” schools and why some are “non-A”.  Descriptions are also given as to how schools can become “A” schools.  The conclusion and recommendations describe how student achievement can be attained.

 

STEPS

 

Surveys were created in print and non-print forms and mailed out to schools.  Those schools who did not reply were sent a follow-up letter with the survey.  Data was collected from the survey and entered into a spreadsheet where the data was analyzed.

Measured:

Test scores (ACT, FCAT, NRT, Florida Writes), free and reduced lunch, limited English proficiency, gifted, graduation rate, students with disabilities, dropout rate, per pupil expenditure, average class size, teachers’ degrees & experience, and number of students

Data was entered into a spreadsheet and analyzed

 

RESULTS

 

The results of this study show that school library media specialists who are not university-trained have lower student achievement at those schools.  Lower achievement was also seen in schools with smaller collections and resources, less technology available to students, and schools where information literacy was not being taught.

Programs in Maryland can use these results to determine which schools are at risk of or have lower student achievement

 

COMPLETEING THE STUDY IN MD

 

This study seems fairly easy to recreate, the data collected can be described in a similar way.

Data to be collected:

Test scores, free and reduced lunch, limited English proficiency, gifted, graduation rate, students with disabilities, dropout rate, per pupil expenditure, average class size, teachers’ degrees & experience, and number of students

LMS: hours library is staffed, technology, access to the technology, collection, access to the collection, resources, budget, education level and certification of SLMS, collaboration, participation in professional development

Analyze it through a spreadsheet, comparing the results to state and national standards

Generate fair success

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Making the Grade: The Status of School Library Media Centers in the Sunshine State and How They Contribute to Student Achievement. (n.d.). SUNLINK on the World Wide Web. Retrieved February 15, 2010, from http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/makingthegrade/summary.pdf

 

Making the Grade: the Florida library media study. (n.d.). SUNLINK on the World Wide Web. Retrieved February 15, 2010, from http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/presentations/fame2003/famekeynote2003.pdf

 

(The links no longer work and I cannot find the actual study for free anymore however I could obtained the findings: research.pdf summary.pdf )

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