Seven in ten educators say encouraging reading at home is among the most important things to do to help families be engaged with children’s learning, yet only 51% say this is happening to the degree it should. This gap is the most significant among high school educators.
While educators are encouraging reading at home, access to books in the home is a challenge for many students–particularly those in high-poverty schools.
Most educators believe that schools need to play a role in providing access to books at home; educators in elementary schools are the most likely to strongly agree.
There are often wide gaps between the percentage of educators who say certain activities are important and the percentage who say these activities are happening to the degree they should, most notably around communication with families.
With 57% of teachers promoting reading by making books available for kids to take home, teachers need robust classroom libraries but most (54%) have fewer than 150 books to serve all their students throughout the year–with 31% of teachers having fewer than 50 books.
Even classroom libraries that seem large may lack sufficient titles that are relevant to students’ needs. Also, while the overall need for more books is great, the types needed vary by grade level.