Friday, November 23, 2007

What does reading have to do with education?

A new reading study by the National Endowment for the Arts was released last Monday. The NEA found many academic, social, and economic implications of reading.

Statistics are broken down by age and reading habits. (e.g., reading for fun, time spent reading) Reading habits have remained essentially the same for nine year-olds and test scores have improved for that age group. Way to go pre-teens! Teenagers not so much. 13 and 17 year-olds are reading less and their test scores have declined.

A few of the not-too-surprising results: Reading for fun correlates with improved test scores in reading and writing. Kids with more than 100 books in their home scored better in History, Science, Civics, and Math. Good readers participate in more civic & cultural activities, make more money, and have more opportunities for career advancement.

Download the full report and executive summary. After reading the report, I bet you'll be reading more with your kids. And buying more books. I know I will.

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