The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recently revised its position statement on Independent Reading, providing educators with clear rationales for incorporating reading time as part of English curricula. The opening statement of the position states:
Independent reading leads to an increased volume of reading. The more one reads, the better one reads. The more one reads, the more knowledge of words and language one acquires. The more one reads, the more fluent one becomes as a reader. The more one reads, the easier it becomes to sustain the mental effort necessary to comprehend complex texts. The more one reads, the more one learns about the people and happenings of our world. This increased volume of reading is essential (Allington, 2014).
Find the full statement at the NCTE website.