The Issue

There is a significant literacy crisis in America today. Twenty-five million children in the U.S. cannot read proficiently (Based on an analysis of NAEP test scores).

Many recognize there are issues around literacy, but do not see it as the massive, systemic and generational problem that plagues our society as these children grow and enter adulthood: 

 

Get Your State Statistics

Get your specific state literacy facts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) based on fourth grade reading performance to support your advocacy and community literacy efforts (click on a state below).

Despite a decline in student reading scores, RIF continues to advocate for children's literacy. Read our blog from President & CEO Alicia Levi.

For additional information please visit the NAEP website.

Literacy Insights

The children’s literacy landscape is constantly changing and evolving. Below please find articles, research and news to help keep you updated and informed.

10/30/2019

NAEP 2019 Top Line Results

Some key points: • Reading performance for both 4th and 8th graders dropped from 2017 • From 2017 to 2019, 17 states showed a decrease in reading scores, 1 showed an increase and 34 had no significant change • 65% of 4th grade students are not reading at NAEP Proficient level in 2019
10/09/2019

New Study Finds Large Print Books Improve Student Reading Confidence and Comprehension Skills

New research released recently by Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, shows that students in grades 3-12 who read large print books developed stronger reading skills, felt more comfortable reading and adopted new, positive reading mindsets.
10/09/2019

To Foster Confidence and Motivation in Young Readers, Consider This

This article is part of the guide, What Does Reading Well Look Like?
10/09/2019

How Sustained Silent Reading Keeps Students Curious and Engaged

This article is part of the guide, What Does Reading Well Looks Like?
10/02/2019

The Path to Fluent Reading: A Developmental Timeline

Some of the most important pre-literacy skills begin in infancy. This timeline shows examples of the milestones children meet on their path to fluent reading.
10/01/2019

How My Struggles as a Student Led to Success for My Reluctant Readers

This article is part of the upcoming guide, What Does Reading Well Look Like?
09/30/2019

7 Ways to Get Teens Reading in a Smartphone Culture

This article is part of the guide, What Does Reading Well Look Like?
08/30/2019

No, Your Kid Shouldn’t Get a Gold Star for Reading

To raise a lifelong literature lover, make it fun, not work.
07/13/2019

States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders

Changes in education policy often emanate from the federal government. But one policy that has spread across the country came not from Washington, D.C., but from Florida.
06/01/2019

How to Raise a Reader

From the moment you’re expecting your first child, you are bombarded with messages about the importance of reading. For good reason: The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy.
05/03/2019

Supercharged Read-Alouds

Teacher led read alouds are a powerful instructional activity.
05/01/2019

Advocating for Children’s Rights to Read Manual

Children deserve access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. Be an advocate for every child, everywhere. ILA's new advocacy manual includes not only a questionnaire to help you critically examine your own and your community's literacy practices but also targeted action items and concrete steps you can take to accomplish those goals.
03/20/2019

Scholastic Survey Reveals Large Drop in Reading Between Ages 8 and 9

Scholastic released the results of its Kids and Family Reading Report, a biennial national survey of children and parents reading habits and attitudes toward reading and books.
03/07/2019

We Have a National Reading Crisis

If your district isn’t having an “uh oh” moment around reading instruction, it probably should be.
01/14/2019

Motivating Students With Book Choice

Letting students choose books to read helps them develop a sense of autonomy and ownership over their learning.
01/02/2019

Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

Jack Silva didn't know anything about how children learn to read. What he did know is that a lot of students in his district were struggling.
12/19/2018

The Power and Promise of Read-Alouds and Independent Reading

Recent research shows that reading is on the decline in the United States; in a 2014 survey, only 17% of students ages 6 to 17 reported daily in-school independent reading.
07/24/2018

Why We All Need to Start Reading Aloud to Our Kids

In this talk, researcher Keisha Siriboe shares insightful learning behaviors that parents, educators, and concerned adults can apply within their lives as well as in the lives of children.
05/01/2018

Report on Home Literacy Activities

Comparison of 1999 and 2016 NCES
06/01/2010

Children’s Access to Print Material and Education-Related Outcomes

Reading Is Fundamental contracted with Learning Point Associates to conduct an objective and rigorous research synthesis on the impact of print access on children’s attitudes, motivations, reading behaviors, emergent literacy skills, and academic achievement.
Source: Learning Point Associates.