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Summer reading program provides students with a second chance to learn

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012 15:16 PM

Once the Common Core State Standards are fully implemented, students in states that have adopted this education initiative will be expected to finish the school year with certain knowledge and skills under their belt. For this reason, summer programs, such as the one currently taking place within Florida’s Duval County Public Schools district, are essential.

During the last school year, teacher Alicia Pinchot’s 29 students fell short of their goal of reading 90 words per minute, the Florida Times-Union reported. As a solution to this problem, these same pupils are now enrolled in a summer reading class designed to help them read at grade level.

In the district, any K-2 students who do not perform as expected on the Florida Assessment in Instruction for Reading test are required to take the summer class, which runs for 29 days. Pupils must attend at least 25 of the classes.

To see what impact the summer program has on students’ reading performance, the district will administer the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10) following the 29th day of classes, the news source reported.

Reading is just one academic subject the SAT-10 tests. According to Pearson Education’s website, the assessment also gauges students’ abilities in the areas of language, mathematics and science.