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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
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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

The Model Curriculum for Pennsylvania School Library Programs provides a curricular framework in information literacy for school librarians to partner with teachers to help students achieve 44 of the PA Core Standards in English Language Arts, Reading and Writing in Science and Technology/Technical Subjects, Reading and Writing in History and Social Studies, and in the Academic Standards for Business, Computer, and Information Technology.

The Model Curriculum follows the model used by the SAS Quality Review Team of the PDE, which is the Understanding by Design framework of developing curriculum, instruction, and student assessment designed for ASCD by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.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

The State Board approved the final Chapter 4 regulations on September 12, 2013. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the final regulation on November 21, 2013. With publication of Chapter 4 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the new regulations took effect on March 1, 2014.

As part of the new regulations, Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.


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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