Annual Renaissance What Kids Are Reading report shares insights on popular texts, by grade and gender, and provides an analysis of reading data from 9.9 million students
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (November 17, 2016) – Tapping into data collected from nearly 10 million K-12 students who read 346 million books and nonfiction articles last school year, Renaissance® releases its ninth annual What Kids Are Reading report. Researchers at the K-12 learning analytics company produce the report, which provides the comprehensive review of students’ reading habits and achievement. What Kids Are Reading: And How They Grow, 2017 includes most read fiction and nonfiction books by grade level, nonfiction selections by gender, and a sampling of popular reading across the curriculum. The report is an important annual reflection on reading trends in U.S. schools.
By analyzing the data and reading habits from Renaissance’s Accelerated Reader 360® platform, researchers compiled national and state reading trends, reading habits by age and gender, and best practices for student growth.
“What Kids Are Reading offers important and unique insight into K-12 reading as we continuously seek to better understand how students read and grow as learners,” said Eric Stickney, director of educational research at Renaissance. “Each year, we discover key insights about our student readers, such as the difference dedicated reading practice can mean to a student previously thought to be constrained by the label of ‘struggling reader’.”
Key findings from the 2017 report:
“Education is undergoing a transformation across the country, and becoming increasingly student-centered. With this report, Renaissance reaffirms its dedication to finding the best ways to not just educate each student, but to inspire them to become life-long readers and learners,” said Jack Lynch, chief executive officer at Renaissance. “The report identifies students’ interests and reading habits, helping to inform instruction with the ultimate goal of helping teachers propel students toward college and career readiness.”
To download the full report, please visit renaissance.com/learnalytics/wkar/.
Renaissance® is the leader in K-12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 60 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com.