President Obama signs ESSA Legislation
Rejoice, rejoice school library advocates…on December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law federal legislation (ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 ) that, for the first time in 50+ years, substantially acknowledges the critical importance of school libraries (SKILLS Act) in this nation’s efforts to reform the K-16 educational pipeline.
This is a significant milestone achievement for various professional library associations as well as the National Forum on Information Literacy in highlighting the definitive, positive impact that information literacy practice has had on student academic performance and achievement.
Localizing educational reform opportunities to the state level, ESSA, in essence, nullifies the implementation of a national Common Core prescription and institutes new programming such Improving Literacy and College and Career Readiness Through Effective School Library Programs, among others.
ESSA details as it pertains to school libraries are available at the ALA website.
School library advocates certainly have their work cut out for them in designing programs that will foster information literacy teaching and learning opportunities across a tremendously broad spectrum of America’s diverse students in need.
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