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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See Also: From April 2015: New Jersey: PARCC Testing Takes Toll on Some N.J. Schools (and School Libraries)
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.