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State provides online resources, partners with schools and libraries to combat summer learning loss
As Delaware students embark on their summer break, educators hope reading and math practice will be part of their vacation plans.
Research from the National Summer Learning Association shows that most students who do not consistently read over the summer can lose momentum in maintaining the progress they make during the school year. On average, students also lose about 2.6 months of grade-level math skills over the summer months. This phenomenon, known as "summer loss" or "summer slide," is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate, researchers say.
To support Delaware schools as they encourage children and families to read and focus on math throughout the summer, the Delaware Department of Education is collaborating with the Division of Libraries and MetaMetrics - a national educational research group - to promote free, online tools for students that will enhance their reading and math skills this summer. Find a Book, Delaware is a research-based website that helps students create personalized reading lists based on their unique Lexile measures, or reading levels, to ensure the text demands of the books they choose are not too difficult or too easy but just right. By matching students to reading lists designed around Lexile measures, students strengthen their reading skills, which is especially important when school is not in session.
Find a Book, Delaware allows educators to design summer reading contests that encourage students to read books best suited to their abilities. Teachers can then print certificates for students who complete the program. Children can also use Find a Book, Delaware when participating in the state's Summer Library Challenge.
To help remedy the summer math slide, students who have just completed first through eighth grade can participate in Delaware's Summer Math Challenge. The program runs Monday, June 19 through Friday, July 28. During this time parents can receive daily emails with fun, math-based activities and links to educational resources to promote math skills over the summer months. When the program ends, teachers and families can print award certificates to celebrate their student's summer accomplishments.
For more information on Find a Book, Delaware, the state's Summer Math Challenge, and the Summer Library Challenge, visit https://www.doe.k12.de.us/summerlearning.