An effective school library plays an important role in providing students the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills and improve academic achievement. The library contains a wealth of information and literacy resources, and the librarian can be a partner in instruction and professional growth. ESSA allows LEAs to use Title I, Part A funds to develop effective library programs as part of closing the achievement gap. This need must be identified through a comprehensive needs assessment and articulated in the campus plan.
ESSA Statute references effective school library programs in Section 1112:
Each LEA plan shall describe any other information on how the LEA proposes to use funds to meet the purposes of this part, and that the LEA determines appropriate to provide, which may include how the LEA will assist schools in developing effective school library programs to provide students an opportunity to develop digital literacy skills and improve academic achievement.