Schools Keep Youngsters Reading Through the Summer
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Summer reading isn't just a way to stave off boredom on hot August afternoons. It helps keep pupils from losing the academic gains they've made during the school year, educators say. A 1996 study published in the "Review of Educational Research" determined that students can typically lose an average of a month of school learning over summer vacation, with the greatest skill losses in math, reading and spelling. For students from disadvantaged households, the loss is more severe -- up to three months.
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