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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Academic Standards and this IMLS Research Project

This is the first state impact study to examine the school library's role in helping students master state and national academic standards. In the three educator surveys, administrators, teachers, and librarians were asked how well they felt the instruction of the school library program impacted student attainment of both the PA Common Core Academic Standards and AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Their responses are thoroughly covered in Chapter 8 (AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner) and Chapter 9 (Common Core).

Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

The following link includes tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core StateStandards align. 

  • Crosswalk
    AASL Learner Standards aligned to the Common Core English Language Arts,
    Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies,
    Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects,
    Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects, and Mathematics

The Common Core State Initiative and the Role of School Librarians

Pennsylvania's NEW Model Curriculum for School Library Programs

NEW - The PA Library Model Curriculum

Unveiled in December 2012, the Library Model Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, Reading and Writing in Science & Technology/Technical Subjects, Reading and Writing in Social Studies and History and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Business, Computer and Information Technology. A team of school librarians headed by Dr. Mary Kay Biagini, University of Pittsburgh, developed this model in response to a recommendation of the PA State Board of Education in the Pennsylvania School Library Study of 2011.

Pennsylvania's Adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initative

Common Core State Standards

On July 1, 2010, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The transition to Common Core will begin during the 2010-2011 school year, with full implementation by July 1, 2013. 
  • PA Common Core Aligned Curriculum Frameworks
    Draft version of the revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks. The documents include Long Term transfer Goals, Big Ideas, and Essential Questions aligned to PA Common Core. Concepts and Competencies will be added to complete the frameworks at a later date.

AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

"Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for school librarians to use to shape the learning of students in the school." From the AASL website


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