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Circulation: 80,508
ISSN: 1538-320

July 27, 2010

Research indicates that:

  • Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
  • Two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school.
  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math computation skills during the summer months.

Don't waste time this summer by letting the "summer slide" impact you and your child. When summer vacation begins, learning doesn't have to stop.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find information and resources to support summer activities for your child to keep him on track and prepared to return to school next fall.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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Stop the Summer Slide

According to National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, a typical student will lose about one month of learning over the summertime, with disadvantaged and struggling students losing even more.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has stated, “A key step toward stopping the summer slide is the development and launch of high-quality programs that take advantage of time outside the school day and year to help children learn, grow, and develop.”

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Summer Reading Adventures

Summer reading can bridge the gap over the school holiday when kids can forget up to 30% of what they learned during the school year.

Encourage your children to open books even after school doors close with 10 Weeks of summer reading adventures for you and your kid from Reading Rockets.


Reading Programs for Kids

DoD/Military Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults. For more information contact IRead, your installation Library, or the MWR Office.

Find a Summer Reading Program for your child at the local library - American Library Association Summer Reading Programs fact sheet. Some libraries have summer reading programs designed specifically for kids with special needs like Denville, New Jersey's SPARK - Supportive Parents Advocating for Our Kids.


More Summer Activities

Summer Camp and Youth Programs

Find a summer tutor or program on the Yellow Pages for Kids. Or, do it yourself: share interesting book projects, develop an activity journal, take fun field trips to discover math and science facts. Plan tutoring sessions to keep your child 'tuned in' to learning throughout the summer.

Avoid summer brain drain with a little kid friendly interactive e-learning.


5. Question of the Week: My Child Can't Read, School Doesn't Consider Dyslexia a Learning Disability

"My granddaughter is in 2nd grade. She can't read. A psychologist and a special education consultant diagnosed her with dyslexia. The school provides 15 minutes a day with a special ed teacher.

"When we requested tutoring with the special ed teacher, the school advised us that dyslexia is not considered a learning disability. What should we do next?

For the answer, ad Dyslexia Isn't a Learning Disability?


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