North Carolina Students Are Reading This Summer!

Building on the success of last year’s summer reading initiative , North Carolina State Superintendent June Atkinson launched the education department’s “Read NC ” literacy campaign.  This statewide effort encourages teachers, librarians, and parents to help children use Lexile measures and “Find a Book ” to select challenging and engaging books to read over summer break and throughout the year.

Studies show that children who read outside of school – and who grow up in active reading environments – demonstrate improved literacy skills.  According to Supt. Atkinson, “The “Read NC literacy campaign is about helping students find books that will interest them and assist them in improving their reading abilities even when they are not in the classroom.  Teachers work so hard during the year to build students’ literacy skills and we need to do all we can to make sure their progress is not lost during the summer.”

North Carolina was the first state to report Lexile measures. Today, students in grades 3-8, as well as high school students who take the English I assessment, receive a Lexile measure on their end-of grade or end-of-course test reports.  The Lexile measure and a link to the new “Read NC ” webpage are included at the bottom of students’ test results reports.

The “Read NC “webpage includes free resources to suppport children’s reading success in the classroom and at home, including a North Carolina version of the Lexile map and a link to “Find a Book “.  For more information – and to search for books using “Find a Book” – visit the “Read NC ” page.

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