WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – During the summer kids are out of school and experts say it is important to make sure they continue to learn by reading.
This is the third school year the Indiana Department of Education has given the IRead-3 exam. This exam is given to third graders to assess reading skills before moving on to the fourth grade.
Indiana Youth Institute CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz said students who can read by the third grade have a better chance of graduating high school.
He said parents need to play an active role and encourage kids to learn during the summer.
“Make sure you are reading to your kids during the summer. Make sure you are giving your kids access to books during the summer. Let your kids catch you reading,” Stanczykiewicz said. “All of those things taken together will show the value of reading to young people, and help them continue the reading progress that they’re making — as we see through these school scores during the school year.”
Stanczykiewicz said kids do not necessarily have to read books to become better readers. He said reading magazines and newspapers can help get kids excited about reading.