Study: Independent reading improves older students' math, literacy skills

Students ages 10 to 16 who read books for pleasure had a stronger vocabulary and performed better in math and spelling, according to a study by researchers at the University of London's Institute of Education. According to the research, which was based on a long-term study of 6,000 students, those whose parents read to them at age 5 also did well, but independent reading in secondary school was found to lead to even higher gains in academics.

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