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. Children in foundation, year 1 and year 2 will have their reading closely monitored and regularly assessed by teachers and teaching assistants. KS1 reading books are organised according to reading stage from stage 1 – stage 11 - Oxford Reading Tree, (book bands pink -lime).
Teachers and teaching assistants keep parents regularly informed of their child’s reading, noting in the organiser whenever they have a new book or hear the child read individually.
Pupils note down in their organisers when they have a new reading book and when they read at home.
All children in foundation- year 2 will receive regular phonics sessions to improve and consolidate reading and spelling strategies, so that by the end of key stage 1, children have fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling. Food companies are actually required by law to give you the plain facts about what you're about to eat.
Remember: A lot of food companies will make their food servings small so it looks like the food is healthier than it really is.
The next section of the label lists the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins and minerals this snack offers, compared to how much of these things you need each day. 10-20% of your daily recommended amount of a nutrient, it's a good source of that nutrient. To put it plainly, the Nutrition Facts Label has told us that this bag of cheese crunchies is nothing but "empty calories." This means that the food has a lot of calories (340 calories for just over 2 ounces of food!) and doesn't offer much good stuff for your body.
It's low in a lot of the things that are good for your body (like protein, vitamins, and minerals), and high in a lot of the things that can be bad for your body (like fats and sodium).
Remember: In general, when you read Nutrition Facts Labels, you should be looking for foods that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and low in sugar, sodium, cholesterol, and fats (especially saturated fat and trans fat). Before we move on, let's consider another label that's found on all foods: the Ingredient List. Shorter is better: In many cases, the longer an ingredient is, the less natural and good for you the food is. For, after all, even my mother can see that the werewolf doesn’t exist in our legends for naught. Yet the solution to man’s fallen nature cannot be addressed without realizing how desperate that condition is, without taking a closer look at that dark creature in the mirror.
Because I am a werewolf—slashing and ripping at those I love—and I desperately seek the solution. 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. Teaching assistants will meet regularly with their class teacher to discuss development in children’s reading. There is also a collection of books for children beyond stage 11, (book bands brown – burgundy). Teachers and teaching assistants will monitor the books chosen by children, ensuring that they are choosing books of an appropriate level. Teachers and teaching assistants will also write in organisers if they have listened to a pupil read individually. Located at the top of the label, this tells you the amount of food used to measure all the other numbers on the label.
Make sure you always look at how many servings are in a bag, box, or can of food BEFORE you look at the rest of the numbers.
When reading these amounts, you should pay more attention to the percentages than to the grams. We need some fat in our diets, because it's important for our skin and organs and a good source of energy. The bottom of the Nutrition Facts label lists some important vitamins and minerals that your body needs, and the percentages offered by this particular food. Beware of foods that start out with sugars (like sugar, corn syrup, and sucrose), fats and oils (vegetable oil, soybean oil), and salt. For some reason, it never hit me before: fantasy could talk about life in such powerful ways.
If we have become creatures of the night, then let’s explore those creatures in the light of the solution: the gospel of Christ.
In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. 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.
These books contain a mixture of specially chosen fiction and non-fiction that challenge advanced readers whilst still retaining appropriate and stimulating age-related content. Some of these books have been specially selected for children who have a high level of comprehension but struggle with decoding and blending, ensuring that interest level is suitable for upper KS2 pupils. Get in the habit of checking out a food's Nutrition Facts box before you start scarfing it up. Choose something healthier!", it takes some practice to read these labels and know what you're looking at.

In this case, it says "about 2," but since the serving size is 1 ounce, and the bag is over 2 ounces, a little math will tell you that there are really MORE than two servings in the bag. Depending on how much of the food you eat, you may have to double or triple the numbers on the label. The average person needs about 2,000 calories to have enough energy for the day, and extra calories are usually stored as body fat. But too much fat can lead to weight gain and all the health problems that come with being overweight. This bag of cheese crunchies gives you 10% of the carbs you need in the day, so it looks like it's a good source of them.
This bag of cheese crunchies has no sugar at all, because it gets its flavor from salt instead.
If you look at the list, you'll see that this bag of cheese crunchies is not a good source for any of them.
If these ingredients appear early in the ingredient list, the food is probably not a good choice.
If the ingredients are nothing but chemical names a hundred letters long, the food might be one to skip. Since I am what some would call a Ringer (having written a book on The Lord of the Rings), I’m not really sure why I don’t.
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. Since this snack has 340 calories per bag, eating the bag will account for 17% of all the calories you should eat in the day. Because sodium is added to many foods already, most of us get way more sodium than we need. But when you look at the label as a whole, you will see that to get these carbs, you also have to eat lots of calories, gobs of fat, and tons of salt. These crunchies have very little protein, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you get your protein from other food during the day. I certainly wouldn’t say I’d never create a world like Tolkien did but, for now, the themes I am driven to talk about are best imaged with low fantasy. 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.
Well, since most people will eat the whole bag of snacks (it's a small bag after all) and the numbers listed only apply to one ounce (half the bag), that means you're really getting TWICE as much as the label says! The experts say you should only get about 30% of your daily calories from fat, which means this snack is very high in fat and probably not something you want to eat very often.
In the case of these cheese crunchies, this one small bag contains 20% of the sodium you should get in a day, which means it's got a whole lot of salt for such a tiny amount of food. It would be much smarter to get your carbohydrates from healthier sources, like whole wheat bread or pasta, without so much fat and salt. 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.
So if the label says 170 calories per serving, and you eat the whole bag, you're really eating 340 calories!

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