As part of the 2008 long-term trend assessment, students at age 17 were asked about the frequency at which they read for fun on their own time. The full text of the question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are shown below.
How often do you read for fun on your own time?
A. Almost every day
B. Once or twice a week
C. Once or twice a month
D. A few times a year
E. Never or hardly ever
- The percentage of 17-year-olds who reported that they read for fun "almost every day" decreased from 31 percent in 1984 to 20 percent in 2008.
* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2008.
1 Original assessment format. Results prior to 2004 are also from the original assessment format.
2 Revised assessment format.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. View complete data with standard errors.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1984–2008 Long-Term Trend Reading Assessments.