California ranked as the worst state in school student-to-teacher librarian ratios, according to a recent report by the California State Auditor.
This report evaluates why school districts should strengthen their library programs and how education should redesign its annual library survey to better assess school libraries statewide.
There's generally supposed to be one full-time teacher librarian for every 785 students, but in the 2014-15 fiscal year, there was one teacher librarian for every 7,400 students in California.
In 2013-14, California had a total number of 6.3 million students, which made the student-to-teacher-librarian ratio one to every 8,091 students and though the ratio has decreased it's still very high.
This is prevalent due to the fact that schools who employ teacher librarians provide more types of library services than those who do not employ them.
The schools that were visited had students with varying levels of library service and found that the younger students had fewer services.
"The school districts generally provided fewer types of library services to students in their elementary and middle schools than to students in their high schools," according to the report.
Two school districts had not fully assessed their needs with the model standards, while a third district was not aware the model standards existed.
The study also showed that 111 individuals over a five-year period who did not appear to be credentialed were reported as teacher librarians, despite the State Board of Education annually surveying schools about library staffing, accessibility and educational materials.
With education not collecting data needed to assess the extent of library services that schools provide, this is a problem that's bound to continue until it's correctly addressed.
For more information on the list go to www.auditor.ca.gov.
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