Dr. Ross Todd (director of Rutgers University’s Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries) says "you will know that you have achieved evidence-based practice when you are able to provide convincing evidence that answers these questions:
- What differences do my school library and its learning initiatives make to student learning outcomes?
- What are the differences, the tangible learning outcomes and learning benefits, of my school library?"
- Lesson plans tied to state standards and outcomes - OK, got that
- Benchmarks - how do I create ways to assess whether or not students are hitting benchmarks? Do I have a firm handle on what my benchmarks should be? Hmm.
- Accountability - collaboration, examination of progress and practice - am working hard on this
- Documentation / multiple data points - circulation stats, patron stats, collection development stats, lesson database, comprehensive end-of-year report - got this
The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians
Ross Todd, School Library Journal, 4/1/2008
What is Evidence-Based Practice?
Ohio Education Library Media Association, 7/7/2006
A True Assessment of Your Program's Value
David Loertscher, Blanche Woolls - Learning Quarterly, 6/2/2003
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