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Reading is Fundamental's "Read for Success"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015  
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
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Rural children who have access to nonfiction or informational texts, both in classrooms and at home, could avoid losing literacy skills and actually increase reading proficiency over the summer, according to a new report.

The report, "Read for Success: Combating the Summer Learning Slide in America," followed 33,000 second, third, and fourth grade rural or low-income students in 16 states for two years to see if summer learning loss could be mitigated. Schools involved in the study adopted part or all of a "Read for Success" model, which was developed by Reading is Fundamental, a literacy organization funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.

Sarah Pitcock, the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, said on a press call Tuesday that the model suggests how important it is to provide more resources to children in disadvantaged areas during the summer. "In urban communities and rural communities across the country, many students are not able to ride their bikes and catch fireflies and go to camp," Pitcock said. "The reality of summer today is when the school doors close for many kids...they are completely cut off from a variety of resources."

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