Research Shows that Independent Reading Wanes in Middle and High School

By Laura Robb on April 15, 2012
  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Independent reading is alive and well in the primary grades. Research shows that independent reading starts to wane in the middle grades and continues to lessen in middle and high school. Many high schools do not require independent reading, yet all require that students on teams practice their sport to gain skills and automaticity with plays and muscle memory. It’s the same with reading: students have to practice and apply what they learn during class to choice reading to become skilled readers.  Share your suggestions on fostering independent reading, especially in middle and high school.


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