Most-Clicked: Mixed Views on Reading Rates


Last week’s most-clicked SmartBrief story reported on a new study from the National Endowment for the Arts, claiming Americans, especially young Americans, are spending less time reading for pleasure. These findings are concurrent with flattening middle school, and declining high school, scores on tests of reading proficiency.

However, several reading experts, while agreeing that attention to reading proficiency is extremely important, disagree with the NEA’s finding that reading is on the decline in the U.S. Those in disagreement with the report’s findings claim the NEA exaggerated statistics, or did not consider online reading sources, when tabulating time spent reading.

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