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Back To School is Here: One Way to Decrease the Effects of Summer Slide


With summer vacation coming to a close and back to school preparations now underway, parents need to keep in mind more than just child immunizations, health physicals and school supplies. The problem of Summer Slide – which is learning loss over the months not attending school – is another of the items for parents to add to their back-to-school checklist. This loss is one of the most common causes of the achievement gap, or the differences in scores between students.


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The average student loses 17% to 28% of school-year gains in English language arts during the summer and in math. On average, overall learning loss was around 25-30%, according to the American Education Research Association.


But that’s not all. Research has also found that summer slide can sometimes place students as much as three months behind their peers then they return to school in the fall. Some are even less likely graduate high school or have a higher-paying job later in life.


One of the easiest solutions parents can use to decrease the effects of Summer Slide is to encourage their kids to continue reading throughout the summer — especially as the first day of school draws nearer. It has been shown that the amount of time a child spends reading is directly connected to preventing summer learning loss and promoting long-term success.


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Whether it’s comic books, character series collections, or graphic novels, there are a wide array of options for kids to engage in reading (and enjoy doing so) not juts during the summer months, but all year long.



Sally Ann Zoll, CEO of United Through Reading, joined me to discuss this potential problem and offer solutions.

You can access their variety of resources on their website here. You can also connect with United Through Reading on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.





About Our Guest:


Sally Ann Zoll is the CEO of United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that works to put books in the hands of children of service members. Sally has a doctorate in educational leadership and management, a master’s degree in special education from the University of San Diego, and a BA in elementary education from Purdue University.  Sally is also a former schoolteacher, military spouse, and mother.


United Through Reading was founded in 1989 to keep military families reading together, no matter the distance between them. Their mission is to ease the stress of time apart due to military duty, maintain positive emotional connections, and cultivate a love of reading and early childhood literacy.

United Through Reading is recognized as a Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency Participant and is rated a 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating.



Wife. Mom. Believer. Writer. Advocate.

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