Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge | News
For Alabama’s students, summer is a time of fun, but those months away from school can result in a loss of knowledge and reading ability. To combat summer learning loss, the Alabama Department of Education is excited to announce the Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging students to pledge to read and learn over the summer months. Find a Book links, videos, and other resources including printable bookmarks have been posted at www.alsde.edu/summerreadingchallenge to assist parents and teachers in finding books for students to read over the summer months.
“During the school year,most students achieve some level of growth in their reading abilities. Then summer break starts, the formal learning process ends, and, instead of progressing, students start to slip in their abilities,” said Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education.
The Alabama Department of Education, along with local libraries and schools, is coordinating a state-led summer reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement during summer break. The Summer Reading Challenge will raise national awareness of the summer loss epidemic, share compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities,and provide access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and the initiative as a whole.
All students experience some level of learning loss – commonly referred to as the summer slide – when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. What is even more alarming is that summer slide impacts low-income students the most – generally those students residing in low-literacy environments where daily reading is not
encouraged and appropriate reading materials are not available.
Parents and educators can take the opportunity now before the summer begins in just a few weeks to sit down with a child and go online to find book lists that are fit for his or her grade and reading ability. Also, all public libraries in the state can help to find an enjoyable and suitable book for a child’s reading ability.
Ensure your student or child retains and increases his or her knowledge by logging on to the ADE Summer Reading Challenge website for links to websites that offer specific book lists for your child’s age and reading level, along with instructional materials and resources for parent sand educators.
Source: State of Alabama Board of Education