K-12 Reading Survey Released

K-12 Reading Survey Released

Tapping into data collected from nearly 10 million K-12 students who read 346 million books and nonfiction articles last school year, Renaissance® releases its ninth annual What Kids Are Reading report. What Kids Are Reading: And How They Grow, 2017 includes most read fiction and nonfiction books by grade level, nonfiction selections by gender, and a sampling of popular reading across the curriculum.

By analyzing the data and reading habits from Renaissance’s Accelerated Reader 360® platform, researchers compiled national and state reading trends, reading habits by age and gender.

Key findings from the 2017 report:

  • Girls continue to outpace boys by 23 percent in total words read.
  • Increasing daily reading to 30 minutes over the course of a student’s schooling can mean a difference in exposure to 8 million more words than students who read only 15 minutes per day.
  • Struggling students who take part in high-quality reading practice—meaning daily reading with high comprehension and significant vocabulary exposure—can surge ahead of their peers whose reading practice remains static.
  • While reading staples like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss continue to be commonly read by students, relative newcomers such as Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has become remarkably popular, ranking in the top 10 lists of students in grades 4-8 for several consecutive years. In addition, The Hunger Games continues as one of the top five most read books by high schoolers.

To download the full report, visit, https://goo.gl/cmFWms