Why Reading is So Important

Reading isn’t just a hobby for some. It is a crucial aspect of life that we all need to attain in order to achieve success in life. Here are some very interesting facts that you may not be aware of, and they might just encourage you to take some extra time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.
•Reading difficulty is a problem that extends across socioeconomic strata – affluence is no guarantee of reading success.      American Federation of Teachers
•Learning to read is a crucial step in children’s education because those who fare poorly in the early grades are unlikely to catch up with their more skilled classmates.
 Scientific American, March 2002
•Estimates indicate that at least 20 million of the nation’s 53 million school-age children are poor readers – about two out of five children.   National Institutes of Health
•If a child is a poor reader at the end of First Grade, there is an almost 90% probability that the child will be a poor reader at the end of Fourth Grade. The Public Library Association
•Three-quarters of students who are poor readers in Third Grade will remain poor readers in high school.
 Yale University
•Approximately one-third of all poorly performing Fourth Graders have college-educated parents.
 National Assessment of Educational Progress
•Nearly 40% of Fourth Graders have not mastered basic reading skills. It’s nearly 60% in California, and almost half of these children live with college-educated parents.
 Council for Basic Education
•Experts say about 5% of the nation’s children learn to read with ease, almost intuitively. An additional 20% to 30% learn to read with relative ease once they begin some kind of formal instruction. However, the bulk of children (about 60%) have difficulty.  Council for Basic Education
•60% of our nation’s children experience formidable challenges learning to read, and for at least 20-30%, learning to read is one of the most difficult tasks they will confront in school.  National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
•For 90-95% of poor readers, prevention and early intervention programs that combine instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension can increase reading skills to average reading levels.
 National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
•Research results from a variety of studies clearly support the conclusion that early systematic phonics instruction significantly improves reading and spelling abilities for all children, and ideally, should be made available to children before First Grade. April 2000


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