What Teachers Value

By Scholastic, Special for  USDR

Today, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, released the new Teacher & Principal School Report: Focus on Literacy, which reveals that the overwhelming majority of educators agree that “students should have time during the school day to read a book of their choice independently,” but only 36% of Pre-K–12 teachers can set aside time for their students to do this every day, adding that the primary barrier to independent reading time is “the demands of the curriculum.” In addition, about half of educators (46%) say their students do not have adequate access to books at home—with 69% of educators in high-poverty schools saying the same—and 96% of educators believe that “providing year-round access to books at home is important to enhancing student  achievement.”

To download the full report, which includes the views of 4,700 public school Pre-K–12 teachers and principals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit:  www.scholastic.com/teacherprincipalreport.