American High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade Appropriate Levels:
- High school students today are reading barely above the fifth grade level.
- “A fifth-grade reading level is obviously not high enough for college-level reading. Nor is it high enough for high school-level reading, either, or for informed citizenship,” writes Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas.
- Only 34 percent of students were rated reading “proficient.”
- National 12th-grade reading scores were lower in 2009 than they were in 1992.
- Scores on the SAT critical reading portion fell to a record low last year with a three-point drop among test-takers. This marks just the second time in the last 20 years that reading scores have fallen by that much over a single year.
- Success in college and the workforce requires students must read more high quality informational text and complexity.
High school students today are reading…
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