BY CHRISTENE C. MOSS
Special to the Star-Telegram
It’s time for us to redefine the annual childhood tradition of lazy summer days filled with play and relaxation.
The reason is simple: decades of research from groups such as the National Summer Learning Association and Johns Hopkins University show that, on average, U.S. students lose up to two months of reading skills from the time school is out until school starts again in the fall.
“Summer slide” proves even more devastating for economically disadvantaged students who often lack access to quality out-of-school programs and experience other risk factors that push down early literacy skills.
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