The National Endowment for the Arts has released its latest study lending more support to the notion that when students read less for pleasure throughout their lives, their overall reading achievement also declines. An analysis of several studies indicates that test scores and voluntary reading tend to go hand in hand.
From The New York Times article:
Among the findings is that although reading scores among elementary school students have been improving, scores are flat among middle school students and slightly declining among high school seniors. These trends are concurrent with a falloff in daily pleasure reading among young people as they progress from elementary to high school, a drop that appears to continue once they enter college. The data also showed that students who read for fun nearly every day performed better on reading tests than those who reported reading never or hardly at all.
The study also examined results from reading tests administered to adults and found a similar trend: The percentage of adults who are proficient in reading prose has fallen at the same time that the proportion of people who read regularly for pleasure has declined.
The Library of Congress works together with the NEA to promote reading through the National Book Festival, and the Library supports a host of other programs and initiatives, primarily through its Center for the Book.
The Library is also working with the Ad Council and other partners on our ongoing lifelong-literacy campaign, which encourages reading throughout young people?s lives. You can “Explore New Worlds” on our site at Literacy.gov, which includes video PSAs and a game where you can create your own “Storybook Adventure.”