Cynthia Houston, Ph.D.
Western Kentucky University
Program in Library Media Education

This study is designed to evaluate the status of school media centers in Kentucky in relation to the state standards published in Beyond Proficiency. The study will use the program evaluation rubric provided in the standards document to determine if media centers in Kentucky are in the “Apprentice” or “Proficient and Beyond” categories in each standard area on the evaluation rubric. In addition, the study will examine specific library variables, including budget, staffing, and flexible scheduling to see if they play a significant role in the ability of a media center to meet standards. Finally, this study will explore characteristics of media centers in high performing schools to determine if there are any significant practices that appear to contribute to student achievement.

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