How are Australian school libraries doing?

Via the SLA.

Softlink have released the results of their survey into the state of school libraries in Australia, the survey has been conducted for the second year in a row making it possible to make good comparisons.  You can read the report or download it.

Look at this from the principle findings:

  • There is a significant positive relationship between a school’s NAPLAN reading literacy score, the school library’s budget and staff allocated to the library.
  • The difference in funding and literacy outcomes can be quantified. In general, low performing schools allocate 30% less to the school library budget than average schools. Higher performing schools allocate twice as much to the school library budget as average schools.
(NAPLAN is a national literacy and numeracy test.)

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