American High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade-Appropriate Levels
"A compilation of the top 40 books teens in grades 9-12 are reading in school shows that the average reading level of that list is 5.3 -- barely above the fifth grade."
"National 12th-grade reading scores were lower in 2009 than they were in 1992."
Uh-oh, teachers, you know what that means, right? In order to improve 12th-grade reading scores, they'll expect you to do more. Regardless of developmental appropriateness, be ready to teach Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, Rand, Hemingway, or Dickens. A Farewell to Arms would be perfect for Monday's read-to-peer time, or that lesson on alliteration.