Reading and Writing declined on the
The Scary Truth About Reading
“Only about half of our nation’s ACT-
tested high school students are ready
for college-level reading.”
- American College Testing, 2006
At 2 year community colleges, 22% and
27% freshmen recommended for
- National Center for Educational Statistics 2003
2005-06 Lexile Framework® for Reading Study
Summary of Text Lexile Measures
* Source of National Test Data: MetaMetrics
Interquartile Ranges Shown (25% - 75%)
Research shows that teens’ priorities
Why are we behind?
How teens are spending their time…
Teens place reading at the bottom of their to-do lists.
There is some good news…
Making time for reading can …
Gallagher, K. 2003
^ How well they can read
compared to others who took
…amp up your vocabulary and…
Help you learn more and reduce
93% of studies show that reading for
enjoyment helps with reading
comprehension more than whole-class
reading instruction (Gallagher).
Reading an engrossing book for just six
minutes can help reduce stress by 60%
Help you understand others
Reading stories about others will help your
relationships. Associate Professor of Psychology
Raymond Mar explains, “the network of brain
regions activated during story comprehension
are the same as those that help you understand
what other people are thinking and feeling”
Make you better at math
According to the Institute of Education in
London, reading can even make you better at
math. Kids who read for pleasure not only excel
in literature, but excel in math too (Robbins).
Still not persuaded?
$$ Reading will make you
And, it shouldn’t be hard!
According to Richard Allington,
reading at your reading level makes
you a better reader (qtd. in Kittle)
• Percentage of time should students
be independently reading books at
• Easy-Independent - 85%
• Instructional Reading- 15%
• Challenging- 0%
So, what’s in it for you? Less stress, better
relationships, more smarts and money.
What are you going to read?
Doubleday, Justin. “Earnings Gap Narrows, but
College Education Still Pays, Report Says.” The
Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle of
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Gallagher, Kelly. 2009. Readicide. Portland, ME:
Kittle, Penny. 2013. Book Love. Portsmouth, NH:
Robbins, Sarah J. “Remember Reading?” Real
Simple. June 2014: 107-10. Print.