Summer reading helps kids move forward

WEB STILL Summer Learning00000000

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s