In phase one, CISSL surveyed over 700 librarians and found that school librarians make key contributions to student success, including:
• Improvements in student test scores;
• Development of thinking-based competencies in using information, and development of positive and ethical values in relation to the use of information and technology and
• Increased interest in reading, increased participation in reading, the development of wider reading interests and becoming readers who are more discriminating.
In phase two, which was completed in November 2011, CISSL examined a sample of effective school libraries to identify the key criteria that enables these libraries to thrive and contribute to the learning agendas of the schools.
Findings show that in those schools:
• The school library is a learning center linked to classroom instruction;
• The school library supports the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world;
• The school library is a 21st-century classroom that provides an understanding of the information and technology students will confront as digital citizens;
• The school library sets the stage for student-initiated inquiry and...continue reading - http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/02/three-year_study_asserts_benef.html