This research brief that offers a big-picture perspective on children’s reading habits in the United States and how they may have changed during the technological revolution of recent decades. How youth read and write has expanded because of technology. Though the report finds that reading is still a big part of many children’s lives—and reading scores among young children have improved steadily—achievement among older teens has stagnated, and many children don’t read well or often. Among the report’s key findings:
Reading rates have dropped precipitously among adolescents.
A significant reading achievement gap persists between white, black, and Hispanic children.
There is also a gender gap in reading time and achievement.