Facts About Reading
- Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three or four times more likely to drop out in later years.
- 60% percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored “below proficient” on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test, meaning that they are not reading at grade level.
- Only 20% of 8th graders read recreationally “almost every day” (National Center for Educational Statistics. “The Condition of Education, 2009.” U.S. Department of Education. Accessed February 24, 2015.)
- Girls read 800,000 more words: Girls read more books than boys do, in every grade, but boys are not that far behind girls from kindergarten through 3rd grade. It is beginning in 4th grade that reading habits really diverge by gender.
- “The sweet spot” is 15 minutes a day: The good news is that the data also show that the more anyone reads, the more his or her reading ability improves over the course of a school year.