Kids are finding out that summer reading remediation is fun when it is combined with summer activities.
Six weeks of summer classes started off with fun in the reading-intensive classes at Zach Johnson Foundation’s Kids on Course University. The tuition free program targets elementary students who do not meet state standards for reading proficiency. This year, a pilot summer program for students who do not meet the standards in third grade is included as once Iowa’s reading and retention law takes effect, those students will need to repeat third grade if they do not meet those standards. The law is set to take effect in 2017.
Students who are in other grades with work on other subjects including reading. The third graders who did not reach benchmarks will only focus on reading.
Three different teaching methods have been assigned to the teachers by the state, and teachers will report progress every ten hours of instruction. The methods are a computer-based model, a scripted “reading mastery” rigid style, or a more flexible “business as usual” style. 75 hours of reading instruction will act as the state pilot program.