Independent Reading

  • Students are expected to read 250,000 WORDS per nine weeks.  (Students should read a minimum of 30 minutes per night.)
  • Books must be a combination of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Books must be within their lexile range (no more than 100 points below). Students will take a Scholastic Reading Inventory once a nine weeks to keep updated lexile levels. Any student with a lexile over 1000, may read books from lower lexile levels, down to 900. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.
  • Students are expected to take and pass a Scholastic Reading quiz once a book is completed. This is the only way a student can receive credit for words read.
  • Students are expected to complete a reading contract for each book read. A parent signature is required for each contract.
  • Independent reading counts as 30% of the nine week average.  Students must meet ALL requirements to receive full credit for independent reading.
Words Read Grade Reading Rate (40 days @ 30 minutes a day)
250,000 or more 100 6,250 words per day  or 208 words per min.
249,999 – 237,000 95 5,925 words per day  or 197 words per min.
236,999 – 225,000 90 5,625 words per day  or 187 words per min.
224,999 – 212,000 85 5,300 words per day  or 177 words per min.
211,999 – 200,000 80 5,000 words per day  or 167 words per min.
199,999 – 187,000 75 4,675 words per day  or 156 words per min.
186,999 – 175,000 70 4,375 words per day  or 146 words per min.
174,999 – 150,000 65 3,750 words per day  or 125 words per min.
149,999 – 100,000 60 2,500 words per day  or 83 words per min
99,999 or less 50 Less than 2,500 words per day or 83 words per min.
* The expected silent reading rate for 7th grade scoring at the 50th percentile is 195 words per minute. (Anderson, N. J. (2008). Practical English language teaching: Reading. New York: McGraw-Hill.) These reading rates are based on 40 days of reading and do not include weekends. Reading on weekends will decrease the expected amount of words per day.

Why should students read 30 minutes a day?

Let’s look at the numbers.

Student A Student B
Minutes read per week 150 min. 25 min.
Minutes read per month 600 min. 100 min.
Minutes read per school year 5,400 min. 900 min.
End of year independent reading practice 90 hrs 15 hrs

The benefits include:

  • Students selected material based on interest and likes, and reading ability
  • Increased vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency (Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding 1988; Greaney 1980; Guthrie and Greaney 1991; Taylor, Frye, and Maruyama 1990)