From Scholastic, freely downloadable, comes this update of the uplifting and substantive report "School Libraries Work!" We missed the presentation on it at AASL, but heard about it while there. Having looked it over, we want to "pass it on" with a hearty endorsement. It's a great source of information in support of school library programs nationwide.
From the report's preface:
This research foundation paper, updated from the first edition of School Libraries Work!, brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly a decade of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement. It includes highlights from "Why Care About School Libraries?," published in March 2005 by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the results of new state studies from Illinois and Indiana, as well as new data, statistics, resources, and strategies to help school principals, school board members, and library media specialists support and improve their library media centers.
School Libraries Work!, Updated 2006 is available at http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/printables/downloads/slw_2006.pdf.