Student gains from the independent reading in the U.S. in 2016, by reading benefit

This statistic shows the benefits of independent reading time for students, as assessed by teachers, principals, and school librarians in the United States in 2016, by reading benefit. The survey included teachers who set time aside for independent reading, alongside principals and school librarians of schools with school-wide independent initiatives. In 2016, about 38 percent of the educators assessed that independent reading time increased overall the students' skills and achievements levels.

Educator-assessed independent reading time benefits for students in the United States in 2016, by reading benefit

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Release date

April 2017


North America, United States

Survey time period

July 22, 2016 and August 26, 2016

Number of respondents

552 respondents

Special properties

Teachers who set aside time for independent reading; principals and school librarians with independent reading initiatives

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Sample size: Teachers = 347 Principals and school librarians= 205

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