House will consider HB 3 soon (possibly within a week). We urge you to email
your own state representative, Rep. Rob Eissler (chairman of the House Public
Education Committee), and Speaker Joe Straus to request that HB 3 be amended
to include language that would add the evaluation of school library services
as a criteria for campus distinctive designation. This action is an important
first step for integrating library services into the overall assessment of
to ask for?
Specifically, we would like the bill to be amended as follows:
Add “(6) library services.” in Subchapter G, Section 39.201, D of the
committee substitute, continuing the list provided (1) – (5) in the
email these three elected officials, be sure to explain in your own words
why school library services are critical to education and why they must be
considered when assessing the excellence of a campus.
BACKGROUND and TALKING POINTS
libraries are an essential asset in student learning and the development of
lifelong information literacy skills. School libraries:
students perform better on standardized tests and curricular expectations;
equal opportunities that allow all students to be competitive against state
and national peers; and
learning and student achievement at all levels.
shows strong school libraries equal higher student achievement. Dozens of
national studies, including one conducted in Texas, demonstrate that
students in schools with strong school libraries perform better on
to the Texas Study (2001), over 10% more students in schools with librarians
than in schools without librarians met minimum state expectations in
standardized testing reading scores. This study indicates that library
services--staffing levels, collection sizes, librarian interaction with
teachers and students, and library technology levels—have a positive
association with testing performance at the elementary, middle/junior high,
and high school levels.
- Information literacy is the universal currency for success in today’s
competitive world. This is especially true for our children who must be
equipped to access, use, and evaluate information competently and ethically.
School library programs are the mechanisms for teaching these skills,
reinforcing classroom instruction, and opening other portals for learning.
Relationship of Amendment to CSHB 3
- The other
criteria designated in CSHB 3 in this section include: 1) academic
achievement in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social
studies; 2) fine arts; 3) physical education; 4) 21st Century Workforce
Development program; and 5) second language acquisition program.
libraries are as essential as the other programs listed in the bill; and, as
libraries relate directly to instruction and assisting student in meeting
curricular requirements, library programs are fundamental to a truly
well-rounded educational experience.
In a recent
statewide public opinion poll of Texas registered voters, a staggering 99% of
respondents believe that school libraries are essential to education.