No Truth in Numbers: The Effect of the Media Center on the Performance of North Carolina High Schools as Measured by ABC Standards
This study examined the effect of school library media collections and circulation on student achievement in North Carolina high schools. Using data from the North Carolina Annual Media and Technology Report and the composite scores from the North Carolina ABC report card, analysis was done to determine if correlations between the two sets of data using several variables could be established. The data used from the Annual Media and Technology Report was related to media program collections and circulation and not to the media specialists themselves or to their programmatic activities. The results showed no correlation between collection and circulation data and academic performance as measured by the ABC composite scores. Given the many prior studies correlating student achievement with strong school library media programs, this study further suggests that the role of the media specialist is pivotal in creating strong media programs and improving student achievement.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:high school libraries—north carolina libraries and students—north education—north academic achievement—north
Date of Publication:05/20/2004