Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap. Schools sending students off on summer vacation and public libraries gearing up to get kids excited about summer reading programs are both in the business of making sure children become fluent, engaged readers.
Unfortunately, the results of those efforts aren’t necessarily equal for kids in lower-income situations. Richard L. Allington, co-author of Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap (Teachers College and International Reading Association, 2013) talks about the reasons for that disparity and offers research-based suggestions for solving the problem, with particular ideas for librarians. It’s no secret that kids often don’t keep up their reading skills over the summer. Can you comment on the extent of that loss and why it’s especially damaging for kids in low-income neighborhoods and schools? What particular obstacles do low-income students encounter more often? Why aren’t current efforts to close the reading achievement gap working? References: Alexander, K. Summer Reading Loss. "I know my students covered important reading skills last school year, but I still need to spend so much time reviewing those same skills at the start of the new school year.
" Comments like this reflect the all too common laments of teachers who, after having worked so hard during the academic year to establish a solid foundation for continued literacy learning, find that when a new school year begins too many of their students seem to be starting from scratch. Often, it is the students who can least afford to lose the reading gains they've achieved during the school year who fall the farthest behind when they return to the classroom after a summer break away from formal literacy instruction. The achievement gap between high-socioeconomic and low-socioeconomic students has long been a source of concern for educators and policymakers. Seeking to provide equitable resources for impoverished school districts, the U.S. How does summer loss affect students' reading achievement? 5 Steps to Super Summer Reading. Summer slide and holiday reading. The “summer slide” or “summer slump” is the decline in reading achievement some children suffer from being away from school over the long summer holiday.
Contents The Summer SlideWhat the research showsHow principals can support summer readingThe role of families in preventing summer reading lossAccess to reading materialStrategies for teachersThe school library and summer readingEstablish a relationship with the public libraryHelping children choose what to readTeachers’and librarians own reading over the summerUsing evidence to inform practiceRecommended research and readingDownload schools' summer reading stories The Summer Slide It is characterised by steady progress in reading achievement throughout the school year, and a decline during the long summer holidays. Away from school, some students spend less time reading and miss out on: access to books and other reading resourcesreading practiceencouragement to readrole modellingsupport for reading What the research shows Promotion Practice.
Home - school partnerships. Home-school partnerships help foster literacy at home, which is vital — particularly to support priority learners, Māori and Pasifika students.
It's important parents know why reading for pleasure is important and how they can support, encourage and role model reading to their children. image by barnabywasson Contents Successful home-school literacy partnerships: common factorsHow schools can help parents encourage their children to readParents as reading role models - especially dadsReading TogetherThe power of bedtime readingSharing reading messages with families: ongoing communicationUseful resources for schools and parentsReferences and further reading Successful home-school literacy partnerships: common factors Schools can encourage, support and provide resources to families to develop their home literacy practice.
(Neuman, Caperelli, & Kee (1998) in Summer Reading Loss by Mraz and Rasinski (2007): How schools can help parents encourage their children to read. Www.tlri.org.nz/sites/default/files/projects/9292-Summaryreport.pdf. Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) Www.tlri.org.nz/sites/default/files/projects/9282-Stuart-McNaughton.pdf.