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).

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.


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

To raise a lifelong literature lover, make it fun, not work.

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.

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.

Supercharged Read-Alouds

Teacher led read alouds are a powerful instructional activity.

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.

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.

We Have a National Reading Crisis

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

Motivating Students With Book Choice

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

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.

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.

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.

Report on Home Literacy Activities

Comparison of 1999 and 2016 NCES

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.