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Yet this report is heavy with other numbers that are just as interesting, in particular the number of books and words that students are reading on average in each grade, as well as the gender differences between boys and girls when it comes to reading. What follows are a series of graphs depicting these reading trends according to the data in the Renaissance Learning Report.
Teens also become more involved in extracurricular activities in high school, they start driving (and their social life expands), and some of them get jobs.
Wait, we’re trusting Accelerated Reader data as representative data for high school reading levels? I have to seriously question the relevancy of the data set, and therefore any conclusion that one tries to draw from it.
That being said, within those limitations, I do think it’s worth pondering a data set of this size that shows such a strong trend toward lower reading levels among the self-selected reading of high schoolers.
I looked at what they give by way of methodology: as Jennie pointed out, they have almost no high school kids in their database. Even as anecdote, their data is garbage after middle school, and it isn’t strong for middle school either, since kids often read up in interest and reading levels. I am not surprised at all by the average reading level of books read by high school students or the fact that girls read SO much more.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Students advance on grade level up to 5th grade, and then after that, the books that they most commonly read remain at just above the 5th grade level through 12th grade.
It shows that the number of words students read peaks in 6th grade and remains relatively stable through 8th grade. Unsurprisingly, that peaks in 2nd grade when students are still reading mostly picture books.
High school teachers have to teach to their particular subjects, so the overall emphasis on reading goes downhill.
But another reason for that, I think, is that there are also just a lot more places to read now: magazines, online, articles and textbooks for class, etc. One would hope that, at the high school level, most kids are reading books and writing analytic papers about them, not taking a basic reading comprehension quiz. Boys seem to do ok if they read fantasy, but when it comes to regular, reality based fiction there are so few books that would appeal to teenage boys. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Yet starting in 9th grade, when students traditionally enter high school, that number drops significantly by more than 100,000 words a year and remains at that lower level through 12th grade. But it’s interesting that the number of books students read on average declines steadily every single year after 2nd grade. One thing I didn’t underscore in my post is that this survey just looked at books students are reading, so that leaves out some other types of reading material.


Accordingly, they have very few highs school books in their database, more than a hundred books rated for fifth grade compared to each one for high school. AR almost never ranks any book over an 8th grade reading level, making it almost impossible for kids to read at a higher level, according to their standards anyway.
But when her mother lets her know that she has the same nose as her Grandpa, Penelope perks up. I remember the vast amounts of homework assigned in high school getting in the way of reading, too.
Books without quizzes and books that are not in the top 40 (which I am guessing includes most of the books read in AP and upper-level Language Arts classes) are not part of this average. That divide expands to almost 120,000 more words a year in 8th grade, and then levels off at just above 100,000 more words a year through the high school years. As well as, obviously, high schoolers who are reading books but are not part of the AR program. I'm a bit of an odd one I guess, liking the 6th book over the 7th, but I can't help it :) Draco's in this book more. Yet the average reading level of the most commonly read books for each gender is relatively the same, with boys even slightly edging out girls in this area starting in 7th grade.
A sweet and funny story with tons of heart and hijinx about Penelope using her big nose to bring her family together.




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