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Georgia announces 2015 Summer Reading Challenge and free reading resources

When students don’t read during the summer months, they lose educational ground – a phenomenon that lowers achievement potential and widens the achievement gap. Research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer.

Fortunately, this summer reading loss is preventable. Research shows that children who read during the summer do not have to suffer reading loss, and may even show some growth in their reading ability. To ensure that Georgia’s students don’t fall behind while school is out of session, the Georgia Department of Education is working alongside the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and other partners to encourage summer reading.

All students are challenged to read every day this summer, for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes, and the GaDOE and partners are offering a variety of free resources to make that easier. Click the link below to access this resource.