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October 2, 2014

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Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement

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The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

SLJ Summit 2012: Full-Time School Librarians Boost Student Test Scores in Reading, Writing, Says PA Report

Upper Merion High School Librarian Sharon Nardelli assists ninth-graders with research.

Access to a full-time school librarian increases test scores, closes the achievement gap, and improves writing skills, according to a new study of Pennsylvania public schools announced at the start of SLJ’s Leadership Summit.

Irrefutable Evidence: How to prove you boost student achievement

Di Wilson is on a mission. She’s spent the last 15 years hoarding evidence—the kind of information that proves her relevance to student learning. Wilson understands that colleagues at her K–12 girls school want proof that she’s valuable, and she’s more than willing to comply. She already has a portfolio stuffed with papers, everything from students’ test scores to surveys to checklists, anything that will chart her vital role as a school librarian.

Wilson knows that evidence-based practice—the process of carefully [...]