Early literacy skills are essential to kindergarten readiness, but the positive influence of the public library continues long past kindergarten! Library programs, collections, and relationships promote student success through the school years and into college and career. Public libraries can (and do) help students succeed in school and help parents, teachers, school librarians, and the community navigate Ohio's PreK-12 educational system. Library staff in all areas have a role to play.
This section of the ORTR website is a guide for public librarians to learn about concepts in PreK-12 education and to assess, enhance, and promote library programs, collections, and relationships to support student learning.
Topics in Ohio education of interest to public librarians include:
- Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards which guide Ohio's early education system.
- Ohio's Learning Standards which describe the knowledge and skills Ohio students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 need to become ready for success in college and careers.
- Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment which measures a child’s readiness to engage with kindergarten-level work.
- Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee which legislates that students be proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade.
Ohio Department of Education Resources
Collections of resources for each of the areas of study in Ohio school curricula: math, English language arts, science, social studies, technology, computer science, world languages, fine arts, health education, physical education, and financial literacy.
Parents' Guides to Student Success
From the National PTA, these simple, clear, free guides include key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade. They also offer activities that parents can do to support their children's learning. The guides are available in English and Spanish, and in several formats. There is a guide for each grade from K-8, one for high school English, and one for high school math.
Public Libraries' Outreach Role in Reading and Support of Student Learning (PDF)
This document from the State Library of Ohio shows how public libraries benefit the K-12 community, and describes several initiatives by Ohio public libraries that support and contribute to student learning.