SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - With summer vacation fast approaching, Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy gave 7,000 new books to its students for their personal home libraries. Student received ten to twenty books they could take home to read over the summer. This project was undertaken as a result of the latest research on curbing summer reading loss in students and closing achievement gaps.
Research shows that 80% of the achievement gap between rich and poor students comes from yearly summer reading setback. Without books in the home, poorer children rarely read during the summer. Dr. Richard Allington and Dr. Anne McGill-Franzen of the University of Tennessee recently showed that providing self-selected books to low-income children eliminated summer reading loss and closed the achievement gap between the rich and the poor.