ERIC Number: ED455850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Texas School Libraries: Standards, Resources, Services, and Students' Performance.
Smith, Ester G.
This study of Texas school libraries had three objectives: examine school library resources, services, and use, on the basis of the School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas and determine the need for updating these standards and guidelines so that they better serve communities across the state; determine the impact that school libraries have on student performance as measured by the percent of students who met minimum expectations on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS); and highlight library practices in the best performing schools. Data were collected from a random sample of 600 Texas school libraries. The survey data were supplemented with data from the 1999-2000 Texas Education Agency's Public Education Information Management System on school characteristics and student TAAS performance and with community economic data extracted from the Federal Reserve Boards' Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Web site. The study employed more than 200 school, library, and community variables in examining the relationship between libraries and TAAS performance. This study report consists of five main sections with findings subdivided under each section as follows: (1) Executive Summary and Summary of Findings (Overview, and Study Highlights); (2) Study Objectives and Methodology (Libraries and Student Performance: Recent Research, and Study Methodology); (3) School Library Standards and Library Performance (Library Program Management, Library Financial Resources, Curriculum Integration, Library Collections, Technology Resources, and Library Facilities and Usage); (4) The Relationship between Library Resources and Activities and Student Performance (Library Program Development, Leadership: Library Staff Involvement with Administrators, Teachers and Colleagues, Library Staff Teaching Activities: Collaboration, Library Technology, School Technology Access to Library Resources, Association among Library Variables: Factor Analysis, Contribution of Library Resources and Activities to TAAS Performance, Graphic Analysis: The Relationship between TAAS Performance and Library and School Variables, and Library Programs in Schools with High and Low TAAS Performance); and (5) Student Performance in Schools without Librarians (Student Performance on TAAS and Demographic Analysis). The questionnaire is appended. (AEF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Information Services, Library Services, Library Surveys, Performance, School Libraries, School Surveys, Standards
For full text: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/index.html.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Library, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas