Posted On: Monday, October 1, 2018
The American Library Association has found a strong connection between daily independent reading habits and overall student performance. The ALA cites findings from a number of studies:
- Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not
- The more elementary-aged students read outside of school, the higher they scored on reading achievement tests
- Multiple studies support that even a small amount of independent reading increases primary and elementary students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling facility, understanding of grammar, and knowledge of the world
One key factor in the positive influence of this reading seems to be that it is voluntary — students seek out books and participate of their own volition.