Students who read during the summer months experience less summer slide effect, if any at all.

The widely-accepted notion of summer slide effecting all grade-school children has been disproven, according to 13 seperate studies guided by professor of education at Duke University, Harris Cooper.

When looking at reading skills, Cooper found that kids from middle- and upper-middle-income households displayed no signs of summer slide at all. In fact, these students make slight gains in reading over the summer months. On the otherhand, lower-income kids lose more than two months of reading achievement during the summer break.

Although lower-income children tend to be the most popular group to experience summer slide, not all kids in this category are affected by such. Children whose parents take them to the library and allow them to choose interesting books to read can completely reverse the summer slide effect. These parents are also more likely to read to their children for longer periods of time and check their homework–involvement that can carry over into the summer months.

A universal finding across these studies and others found that the best way to push back against summer slide is with your library card.

Read the entire story at Time Ideas.
Read more about the research at Review of Educational Research.

Submitted by: Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Ambassador