Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Teen Reading Levels Linked to Success in College and University

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Teen Reading Levels

High reading levels have been linked to success in college and university.

Bookworms rejoice. High reading levels at the age of 15 have been directly linked to success in college and university.

Statistics Canada’s 2010 Youth in Transition survey showed a “clear relationship between levels of proficiency in reading at the age of 15 and highest level of educational attainment a decade later.”

The study revealed that poor readers were more likely to drop out of high school and skip college or university. They found that 54 per cent of those with low reading levels didn’t complete any education beyond high school by age 25.

On the other side of the page, three-quarters of the surveyed good readers had completed some form of college or university education by age 25. Only 23% of this high-scoring group had no more than high school by the age of 25.

Also, at the age of 25, twice as many of those good readers were still in school.

This also translated into how much money you can earn after graduation as well.

In 2009, young people with the lowest level of reading skills at age 15 earned an average of $39,902 per year. This rose to $42,580 for middle level readers, and to $44,155 for the highest level.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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