Children that received books to read over the summer stopped and in some cases reversed the traditional “summer slide” in reading, a report from the state Department of Education found.
The report covered a summer reading program that has been piloted within the department since 2011. The program allows children in selected schools to select up to a dozen books to take home for summer reading.
“Students experienced a summer loss in reading achievement on MAP during the control summer of 2010 when they did not receive books. Those same students received books in the summers of 2011 and 2012 and not only was the summer loss, prevented, but students showed achievement gains over those summers. The differences between the summer change from 2010 to 2011 and from 2010 to 2012 were statistically significant in the positive direction,” said the report.