Essa and School Libraries

Monaghan, Josephine


ESSA and School Libraries. (n.d.). Retrieved from


In this website, the AASL unpacks the various provisions in ESSA relating to the school library as well as their official position statements. This includes defining what an effective  school library looks like as well as the instructional role of the school librarian. The website also links to state specific ESSA plans and on which page(s) library specifics are presented. ESSA updates and resources can be found on the resource and discussion board pages. 


I did not know a lot about how ESSA is impacting school libraries. I found this website very useful in understanding how the school library community is interpreting the language of ESSA, and defining what an effective school looks like. These position statements and definitions have become the foundation of the school library description in various states’ ESSA plans as well as reference for school library advocacy. 

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