Librarians hand out books to avoid ‘summer slide’

PPS is emphasizing summer reading for students in order to help boost scores when they head back to school

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Educators are focusing on early childhood reading this summer to help improve scores after Oregon’s statewide reading assessment for 2014 was released.

Portland Public Schools will be giving students 6 to 7 free books over the summer to help combat the ‘summer reading slide.’

At James John Elementary school, librarian Robin Rolfe says every elementary aged child should be reading at least 20 minutes a day. If they don’t, they’re more likely to fall behind in their current and future reading standards known as the ‘summer slide.’

“It just makes it that much more difficult to get to back up to grade level for the next year,” Rolfe says.

Recent state test scores show just how important it is to stop this summer slide. In fact, more than 30 percent of 3rd graders in Oregon are not reading at the standard level, which is why getting kids to read and keep reading during the summer and is vital.

“If you’re having trouble reading, then it’s going to make everything else in your middle and high school career harder. And it’s going to make it that much more difficult to be able to graduate,” Rolfe says.

Children are four times more likely to graduate high school when they can ‘read to learn’ by the third grade.



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