Friday, March 03, 2006

CSDE e-mail domain change to

From now on, it will be easier to remember someone's e-mail address if they are a State Department of Education employee. Although the will still work for awhile, as of March 3rd., the new e-mail will be

Questions? Contact Art at

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New Federal Study Confirms that School Libraries Improve Student Test Scores

No surprises here!

We've always known that there is a positive relationship between what happens in school libraries and student test scores. The new Federal study Improving Literacy through School Libraries Evaluation Final Report has documented evidence.

The study is available as a free download in either Acrobat or Word format.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

USDOE's Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program

The U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program focuses on providing funding to public school libraries in districts with 20.00 percent or more family poverty. Funds are used to improve reading achievement through updating the library collection, expanding internet connections, purchasing new technology, providing professional development for library media specialists, and extending school library hours. Please note that individual schools may not apply for this program. This is for public local school districts or charter schools or state-administered schools that are considered local school districts by their State Educational Agency. More information about this program can be found on the program's Web site

The Department announced the 2006 LSL program competition in the Federal Register on February 10th, and applications will be due on April 11th. Approximately 19 million dollars will be available for funding, and an estimated 100 grants will be awarded under this competition. You may access the full application package on the program Web site under "Applicant Info." The Federal Register Notice can be found at <>.