School librarians’ impact on elementary student achievement

The decline in the number of school librarians in recent years can be attributed to the lack of evidence connecting them to student achievement. However, a study conducted using a quasi-experimental design and matching technique aimed to compare the academic performance of students attending schools with full-time certified librarians to those without. Analyzing restricted data from North Carolina, the study found that students with full-time librarians scored significantly higher in both math and reading tests. These results highlight the positive impact of having a full-time certified school librarian on student performance.

Image courtesy of interviewee. December 18, 2023

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