Children's Literacy: Latest Research
"Literacy is an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."
--National Literacy Act, 1991
Addressing Summer Reading Setback Among Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Students
A 2010 Department of Education study examined whether providing summer reading books to economically disadvantaged students improved reading achievement. The study found that students who received three consecutive years of free, self-selected summer reading books had statistically significantly higher reading test scores than students who did not receive the books. This effect was even stronger amongst the most economically disadvantaged students. Read the full study (pdf): Allington, Richard L. et al (2010) : Addressing Summer Reading Setback Among Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Students // Reading Psychology