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The 2016 ‘What Kids Are Reading Report’

According to the 2016 study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, most students are selecting books below their grade level, and STEM-related books are being passed up. The good news is that students who devote extra time and effort to daily reading (with support from teachers) will see a marked improvement in their literacy skills. 

Click here for the full report, including a list of the most popular books at each grade level.

With changing standards and more rigorous expectations, we need to equip our students with both the passion and skills to read well and become well-read…The findings underscore just how valuable reading is in preparing students to succeed in all stages of their academic and professional careers. What’s more, by examining and implementing effective reading practices, we can move toward closing achievement gaps in education. (ABC News 4)

About the Study
The most comprehensive annual look into the nation’s K–12 reading diet, What Kids Are Reading is based on data from 9.8 million students in over 31,000 schools who read over 334 million books and nonfiction articles during the 2014–15 school year, using Renaissance Learning’s core reading practice tool, Accelerated Reader 360.

About Renaissance Learning
Renaissance Learning is a leader of cloud-based K12 assessment and learning analytics with a presence in more than one-third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like and how they learn, Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing and math daily. Renaissance Learning is comprised of top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists and technologists who create and perfect classroom-proven tools.


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