Report 2016-112 Recommendation 19 Responses

Report 2016-112: School Library Services: Vague State Laws and a Lack of Monitoring Allow School Districts to Provide a Minimal Level of Library Services (Release Date: November 2016)

Recommendation #19 To: Education, Department of

To better understand the condition of school libraries statewide and to raise stakeholders' awareness of the State Education Board's adopted model standards, Education should redesign its annual school library survey to solicit answers that will better help Education determine whether schools are implementing the model standards and better assess the type and extent of library services the schools provide.

6-Month Agency Response

Education launched the redesigned annual school library survey in February 2017, and it will remain open until June 30, 2017. The preliminary data collected reflects a clearer picture of staffing, level of services being provided, and implementation of the MSLS in school library programs. When providing technical assistance to the field regarding the survey, Education encourages districts to utilize the revised survey as a tool to self-evaluate their program and to set incremental goals to build the program.

  • Completion Date: February 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented

Education updated its school library survey for the 2015-16 academic year to solicit answers that will better help Education determine whether schools are implementing the model standards and better assess the type and extent of library services the schools provide.


60-Day Agency Response

The annual school library survey has been redesigned to focus on the MSLS and new questions have been developed to acquire a more in-depth understanding of the extent and types of services being provided in the school library program. The survey will be launched in January 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: January 31, 2017
  • Response Date: January 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

At the time of Education's response, its implementation of this recommendation was pending.


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