Teaching Reading is Urgent

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Minutes Per Day-Books Minutes Per Day-Text Words Read Per Year-Books Words Read Per Year-Text
98 65.0 67.3 4,358,000 4,733,000
90 21.2 33.4 1,823,000 2,357,000
80 14.2 24.6 1,146,000 1,697,000
70 9.6 16.9 622,000 1,168,000
60 6.5 13.1 432,000 722,000
50 4.6 9.2 282,000 601,000
40 3.2 6.2 200,000 421,000
30 1.8 4.3 106,000 251,000
20 0.7 2.4 21,000 134,000
10 0.1 1.0 8,000 51,000
2 0 0 0 8,000

A student at the 10th percentile reads about 60,000 words a year in 5th grade

A student at the 50th percentile reads about 900,000words a year in 5th grade

Average students receive about 15 times as much practice in a year

(Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988)