Why is reading so important?
“Research supports the fact that during primary and elementary grades, even a small amount of independent reading helps increase students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling facility, understanding of grammar, and knowledge of the world. Research also shows that a variety of means can be used to measure exposure to print, such as diary records of amount of time spent reading, author recognition, title recognition, and activity preference checklists. ”(source)
Based on generally accepted research, Columbus teachers have agreed that all students are expected to read for 30-45 minutes on a daily basis in addition to their normal homework and classwork.