This is incredibly important for low socioeconomic students.
When low-income students are given books to read during the summer, they read more, a Florida study found. This summer a large-scale study in seven states will look at whether book giveaways can stem the usual â€œsummer slideâ€ in reading skills. USA Todayâ€™s Greg Toppo asks: â€œCan a $50 stack of paperback books do as much for a childâ€™s academic fortunes as a $3,000 stint in summer school?â€
Low-income students have few books at home. Walking to a public library may be dangerous. The result is a â€œsummer slideâ€ in academic skills that may account for 80 percent of the achievement gap by sixth grade, says Richard Allington, a reading researcher at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Researchers note that low-income students lose about three months of ground each summer to middle-class peers.
â€œYou do that across nine or 10 summers, and the next thing you know, youâ€™ve got almost three yearsâ€™ reading growth lost,â€ Allington says.
For three summers, students in 17 high-poverty elementary schools in Florida got 12 books on the last day of school. After three years, book recipients had â€œsignificantly higherâ€ reading scores, showed less of a summer slide and read more on their own than classmates who didnâ€™t get free books, Allington and colleagues reported.
Found via Joanne Jacobs
The USA Today story.