January 17, 2022

Florida: “School Libraries: Closed For Business, Open For Testing”

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Dchool libraries are increasingly shutting their doors, turning instead into testing hubs as their books sit idle on the shelves, educators say.

One in four schools in Palm Beach County that reported their library closures this year were shut down for 40 days or more, records show. Students attend class for 180 days.

“It’s happening more and more as we start to worry more about testing … and less about the function of the media center,” said Bill Purtell, the district’s manager of library media services.

Although the data does not specify why libraries were closed, school officials attribute it mostly to state and local testing requirements

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Direct to List of Number of Days School Libraries Closed in Palm Beach Co. Public Schools

See Also: From April 2015: New Jersey: PARCC Testing Takes Toll on Some N.J. Schools (and School Libraries)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.