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Research and Reports

Scholastic produces original research to gain deeper insights into the views and experiences of families and educators. Among those reports are the Kids & Family Reading Report™, which surveys children and their parents on their attitudes and behaviors about reading, and the Teacher & Principal School Report, which explores pressing topics affecting today's classrooms, including equity in education, funding priorities, family engagement, literacy, and more. The Company has also published additional reports and compendiums, which you can learn more about below.

Kids & Family Reading Report™

About the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: a national survey sharing the views of both kids and parents on reading books for fun and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading. 2023 unveils the eighth edition, fielded in late 2022. Learn more:



The 8th Edition highlights: 


  • Reading Lives of Kids and Parents: The latest data from children ages 6-17 reconfirms that reading books for fun, as well as positive sentiment towards reading, decrease as kids grow up, with marked declines by age 9 that do not rebound. The Report has been tracking these reading attitudes and behaviors since 2010, finding both a long-term decline in frequent readers as well as a beneficial relationship between a child’s reading frequency and their own feelings of enjoyment and importance of reading books for fun.


  • Reading’s impact on kids’ mental health: Key findings reveal that reading provides children with a variety of mental health benefits and has been proven to boost self-esteem, increasing empathy, and mitigating anxiety and depression.


  • Summer Reading: The research shows, children are still playing catch-up from the pandemic, making summer reading even more important. However, when schools are closed for the summer, access to books diminishes, with 41% of kids saying they get most of the books they read for fun from their school.  



International Editions

Teacher & Principal School Report

The Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report series showcases the results of two national surveys of public school pre-K–12 educators on critical issues affecting public schools across the U.S.


2nd Edition


  • This series of blog posts explores the views and experiences of educators both prior to the coronavirus pandemic in winter 2020, and during the pandemic in summer 2020. 


Two in Depth Reports


  • Equity in Education: This report offers a close look at the barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, and their personal spending for students and classrooms.
  • Focus on Literacy: This report explores educators’ views on the importance of reading, the barriers to independent reading time in school, and the home-to-school connection.


State Reports


  • The series also takes a deep dive into 16 states, revealing the striking similarity of challenges educators face nationwide, even as it uncovers fascinating differences on a more local level.
  • These states include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.


School Libraries Work!

The 2016 edition of School Libraries Work!, a research compendium, provides evidence of the positive impact of school librarians and libraries on student learning, while confirming that when school librarian staffing is reduced, student achievement in English language arts (ELA) suffers.


  • Observations from such leading experts as Dr. Carol C. Kuhlthau, Dr. Keith Curry Lance, and Dr. Ross J. Todd, and national- and state-level findings from more than 30 separate research studies, are included.
  • The report demonstrates the integral role school libraries play in teaching and supporting student success.


Primary Sources

As a joint project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Primary Sources elevated the voice of teachers in the dialogue surrounding education. This report is for educators, policymakers, education stakeholders, and parents.




  • The first edition, which was fielded in 2009 and surveyed more than 40,000 teachers, was widely considered the largest-ever survey of America’s teachers.
  • The second and third editions were fielded in 2011 and 2013, respectively. The second survey asked more than 10,000 teachers about the state of teaching and the state of their schools, while the third survey asked 20,000 teachers their views on the many changes occurring in America’s classrooms.
  • Acknowledging the fast pace of these changes, the 2014 Update showed the impact of one year on teachers’ views on education policy.

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