To Read or not to Read

A new (to me, anyway) report from the National Endowment of the Arts in the US called To Read or not to Read (pdf link). Drawing on data from the much-cited 2004 ‘Reading at Risk’ report, it adds “vastly more data from a number of sources.” I haven’t read the whole thing yet (give me a chance) but the preface sets the tone:

The story the data tell is simple, consistent, and alarming. Although there has been measurable progress in recent years in reading ability at the elementary school level, all progress appears to halt as children enter their teenage years.

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