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Benefits of Summer Reading
Research in Brief
From The National Summer Learning Association.
Becoming a Nation of Readers
Anderson, R. C., Hiebert E. H., Scott J. A., & Wilkinson I. A. G. (1985). Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading [; ERIC]. Washington D.C.: US Department of Education, National Institute on Education.
Researchers found that the amount of reading done outside of school was consistently related to gains in reading achievement. The study concluded that libraries play a crucial role for families that cannot afford to buy books.
Interview with the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
Ed.gov, Pressroom (2009, June). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Ed.gov web site.
Duncan addresses the need for more time to properly educate students. He stresses that summer learning loss is a giant step backward for disadvantaged children.
Department of Ed encourages summer learning programs
Elling, D. M. (2009, July) "Department of Ed encourages summer learning programs." Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Mott News web site.
Summarizes the Department of Education’s focus on the development and launch of high quality summer programs that take advantage of time outside of school to help children learn, grow, and develop.
Kids Who Read Beat Summer Slide