Media Center

    Ann Marie Thurber

    Sugarloaf School Media Specialist

    745-3282 ext. 50356 or

    email: ann.marie.thurber@keysschools.com

    Parents, need a good research site to help your child do homework? Check out our district website to find academic research-based databases that support students’ educational topics. It’s located at www.keysresearch.net . User ID and passwords are written in bold typeface under each database logo! The Superintendent's Young Readers' Award is in place for this year! We want to keep promoting reading in every way we can! For criteria click here.

    Lance: The role of the librarian correlates with student achievement
    In 1993, Keith Curry Lance and others, published the findings of a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Lance, 1993). The study showed the strength of the school library program as a clear predictor of academic achievement, reporting a positive correlation between school library expenditures, the role of the librarian, and student achievement. At every grade level studied, as the size of the center's staff and collection increased, test scores increased. Researchers concluded that: "Students at schools with better funded and staffed [school libraries] tend to achieve higher test scores, whether their schools and communities are rich or poor and whether the adults in the community are well or poorly educated." 
    This research, along with other data, is available in a report entitled: Making the Grade: Florida School Library Media Study by Donna J. Baumbach, Ed.D, The findings contained in this report will hopefully encourage our state to continue to build quality school library programs for all Florida students. Stop by the Media Center to view the report!