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  • AASL Executive Summary NCESSchoolsandStaffingSurvey20112012

    PreparedbytheAASLResearch&StatisticsCommittee

    DataanalysisbySueKimmelOctober2013

    TheNationalCenterforEducationalStatistics(NCES)isafederalentitychargedwithcollecting,analyzing,andreportingdatarelatedtoeducationintheUnitedStatesandothernations.TheSchoolsandStaffingSurvey(SASS)collectsdatafromanationalsampleofschoolsandschoollibrariesineachofthefiftystatesandtheDistrictofColumbia.Thefirstsurveywasconductedforthe198788schoolyearandsubsequentsurveyshavebeenconductedin199091,199394,19992000,20034,and20078.Themostrecentsurveywasconductedin201112withafirstlookatthisdatareleasedinfivereports.

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    AASL Executive Summary NCESSchools andStaffingSurvey20112012

    TheNationalCenterforEducationalStatistics(NCES)hasreleasedfivereportsfromthe20112012SchoolsandStaffingSurvey.Thesereportsprovidedataregardingthecharacteristicsof1.PublicSchoolDistricts(NCES2013311),2.PublicandPrivateElementaryandSecondarySchools(NCES2013312),3.PublicandPrivateElementaryandSecondarySchoolPrincipals(NCES2013313),4.PublicandPrivateElementaryandSecondarySchoolTeachers(NCES2013314),and5.PublicElementaryandSecondarySchoolLibraryMediaCenters(NCES2013315).NCESisafederalentitychargedwithcollecting,analyzing,andreportingdatarelatedtoeducationintheUnitedStatesandothernations.TheSchoolsandStaffingSurvey(SASS)collectsdatafromanationalsampleofschoolsandschoollibrariesineachofthefiftystatesandtheDistrictofColumbia.Thefirstsurveywasconductedforthe198788schoolyearandsubsequentsurveyshavebeenconductedin199091,199394,19992000,20034,and20078.Themostrecentsurveywasconductedin201112withafirstlookatthisdatajustreleasedinthesefivereports.About11,000traditionalandcharterpublicschools,publicschoolprincipals,andpublicschoollibrarymediacenterswereincludedinthesample.Dataaboutprivateschoolsandteachersandprincipalsatprivateschoolsareincludedbutnotschoollibrariesinprivateschools.Thesefivereportsprovidedescriptive,tabulardataabouttopicsrangingfromgraduationratesofschoolsystemstoprofessionaldevelopmentactivitiesofteachers.Dataareoftenreportedbygeography(rural,suburban,town,andcity),gradespan(e.g.elementary),andfreeandreducedlunchrates.Selected Findings from the School Library Media Center survey for 2011-12 include:

    79,000ofthe85,500traditionalpublicschoolsintheUSreportedhavingalibrarymediacenter

    2,200ofthe4,500publiccharterschoolsreportedhavingalibrarymediacenter. 67%ofschoollibrarymediacentersintraditionalpublicschoolshadfulltime,paid,state

    certifiedlibrarymediacenterspecialists. Schoollibrarymediacentersspentanaverageof$9,340forallinformationresources

    includinganaverageof$6,010forthepurchaseofbooks. Duringafullweekofschooltherewereanaverageof100visitstothelibrarymediacenter

    per100studentswithanaverageof110materialscheckedoutper100students.Statisticsarealsoprovidedaboutclericalstaff,volunteers,computerworkstations,internetaccess,accesstoonlinedatabases,libraryholdings,typesofscheduling,accessforcommunitymemberswhodontattendtheschool,familyliteracyactivities,andprogramstoencouragereading.Giventhatthedataarereportedbycertainschoolcharacteristics,researchersinterestedinruraleducation,poverty(asmeasuredbyfreeandreducedlunchstatistics),orcomparingcharterandtraditionalpublicschoolscouldusethisdatatodevelopacomparativepictureofstaffing,resources,andaccess.Interestingquestionsabouttrendsmightbeexploredthroughthesetof

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    surveyscompiledsinceSASSbeganin1989.Thisdatamightbeanalyzedbyschoolcharacteristicaswelltoexaminewhethertrendshaveimpactedparticularkindsofschoolsorstudents.Thesurveydataprovokesatleastasmanyquestionsasitanswers.Whiledataareprovidedaboutschoolsthatprovideonlineaccesstodatabases,nodataareprovidedabouthowstudentsaccessthatdata(e.g.onwhatdevices,orbeyondtheschooldayandbuilding).Whilewearetoldthat67%ofschoollibrariesarestaffedwithaschoollibrarianwhohasstatecertification,thesurveydoesntaddressthevarietyofcertificationrequirementsamongstates.Thesurveysofprincipalsandteachersaskedquestionsthatwerenotaskedofschoollibrarianssuchashowmanyhourstheyspentaweekonschoolrelatedworkandhowmanyofthoseinvolvedstudentcontact.Principalswereaskedthelevelofinfluencetheyperceivedtheyhadindecisionsaboutbudgeting,professionaldevelopment,andcurriculum.Teachersreportedaboutthekindsofprofessionaldevelopmenttheyattended.Eachofthesequestionswouldbeinterestingtoincludeinasurveyofschoollibrariansandthedatacouldbecomparedtothesereportsforprincipalsandteachers.Forexample,astudyofhowschoollibrariansspendtheirtimecouldexpandonthequestionsaskedofprincipalsandteachersaboutaverageworkweeksandcontacthourswithstudents.Additionally,dataareprovidedregardingthegender,ethnicityandageofteachersandprincipals.Questionsaboutthediversityofschoollibrarystaffandpotentialagingoftheprofessionmightbeaddressedthroughsimilarsurveyquestionsforschoollibrarians.Thesereportsprovidearichsourceofdataforpracticingschoollibrarians,grantwriters,andresearchersinterestedineducationalandschoollibrarystatistics._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________FormoreinformationaboutandreportsfromtheNCESSchoolsandStaffingSurvey,visithttp://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sass.TheNationalCenterforEducationStatistics(NCES),http://nces.ed.gov,istheprimaryfederalentityforcollecting,analyzing,andreportingdatarelatedtoeducationintheUnitedStatesandothernations.Itfulfillsacongressionalmandatetocollect,collate,analyze,andreportfullandcompletestatisticsontheconditionofeducationintheUnitedStates;conductandpublishreportsandspecializedanalysesofthemeaningandsignificanceofsuchstatistics;assiststateandlocaleducationagenciesinimprovingtheirstatisticalsystems;andreviewandreportoneducationactivitiesinothercountries.TheAmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrarians,www.aasl.org,adivisionoftheAmericanLibraryAssociation(ALA),promotestheimprovementandextensionoflibraryservicesinelementaryandsecondaryschoolsasameansofstrengtheningthetotaleducationprogram.Itsmissionistoadvocateexcellence,facilitatechangeanddevelopleadersintheschoollibraryfield.

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