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Why Middle School years are so important.

No other age level is of more importance to the future of individuals, and, literally, to that of society; because these are the years when youngsters crystallize their beliefs about themselves and firm up their self-concepts, their philosophies of life, and their values - the things that are the ultimate determinants of their behavior. And having left these formative years, individuals change very, very little in significant ways in values and standards. 

From Understanding and Appreciating the Wonder Years written by John H. Lounsbury


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“Reading Reasons” by Kelly Gallagher, Stenhouse, 2003

Students in the top 5 percent of national reading scores read 144 times more than students in the bottom 5 percent. The average time spent reading for all grades is 7.1 minutes a day in public schools around the nation.

There is a strong correlation between time spent reading and higher test scores. In a study of fifth graders by Anders, Wilson and Fielding, the following correlation was found:

Percentile rank

 # of minutes  reading text per day

Estimated number of words read per year 

98 

90.7 

4,733,000 

90 

40.4 

2,357,000 

70 

21.7 

1,168,000 

50 

 12.9

601,000 

20 

 3.1

134,000 

10 

 1.6

51,100