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Everett School District students challenged to prevent the dreaded “Summer Slide”

The “Summer Slide” phenomenon is real. Too many kids lose precious reading skills by taking months off from reading practice. Photo courtesy of Everett School District.
The “Summer Slide” phenomenon is real. Too many kids lose precious reading skills by taking months off from reading practice. Photo courtesy of Everett School District.

By Jeff Heckathorn, a Mill Creek college prep advocate.

All Everett School District students have required summer reading as part of the “Summer Reading Challenge.”

I support this program now in its second year. Before the whining starts, there will still be plenty of time to relax and soak up some sunshine.

But the “Summer Slide” phenomenon is real. Too many kids lose precious reading skills by taking months off from reading practice. That loss (or lack of gains that regular readers experience) accumulates year after year. It is one reason there are gaps in student groups at every grade.

The Bellevue School District (arguably one of the best school districts for academics in the country) has had required summer reading for all 6th-12th graders for about 20 years.

In my opinion, Everett's is better since its program starts in kindergarten (with parents reading to students).

The Everett School District also has other summer learning requirements for students in advanced high school courses as part of college prep. Click here to see Jackson High School advanced placement and honors students' summer homework.

Many universities have a common book program where all freshmen and transfer students are assigned a common book to read before starting university life as seen if you click on one or more of the following links:

Have a nice summer while you learn something new!

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