GOSA Releases How-to Guide for Summer Literacy Programs

January 22, 2014

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) today released Mission Possible: Summer Learning for Struggling Readers, a how-to guide for school districts to equip children to read on grade level by the end of third grade by addressing summer reading loss. 

Children who do not engage in summer learning are often outperformed by their counterparts once they return to the classroom (Kim, 2010).  Teachers then face the challenge of moving several students with different reading levels toward reading proficiency, especially children who are severely struggling with basic skills.  Children who read over the summer are able to close the achievement gap and perform better during the school year than they would otherwise.

This communication guide outlines the major steps in the process of replicating the Savannah Reading on Grade Level (ROGL) program, an effective summer reading program for rising-Kindergarten to rising-3rd grade students.  Implemented in 2010 through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Savannah ROGL program has achieved three years of successful implementation and positive student and teacher outcomes.  Most summer programs are viewed as a time to remediate students and review material previously covered during the school year, but the Savannah ROGL program focuses special attention on intensive summer learning for both teachers and students. The program provides intensive professional development to teachers, who then deliver research-based targeted instruction to struggling readers.

Included in this guide are ten major steps for replicating the program, a discussion of program outcomes, and compiled insights from past teacher participants.  Each section of the guide contains best practices, tools, and tips presented in a practical, how-to-manner.  By following the steps included in this guide, school districts will be able to develop an effective summer reading program tailored to the needs of students struggling in reading.

Click here to access the full guide.

Click here to learn more about the Reading Mentor Program.