CHEYENNE – Laurie Hernandez didn't have to think long when asked if she was familiar with the concept of summer learning loss. The former Arizona teacher and current member of the Wyoming Department of Education's (WDE) Standards Unit said, "As a teacher I remember spending two or three weeks each fall reviewing things kids should have known, but had lost over the summer. If they had been involved in a summer program, I don't think we would have seen as much of a loss as we did."
Julie Magee and Laurie Hernandez review program materials for the MetaMetrics summer reading campaign.
Fighting that summer learning loss is the motivation behind the WDE's latest partnership with MetaMetrics. The alliance has produced free online summer learning opportunities for Wyoming students in language arts and math, called Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge.
"It is a free summer learning opportunity for students in language arts and math to help them retain what they have learned in the previous grade," said Standards Unit Leader Julie Magee.
Find a Book, Wyoming is a free, online program helping students select books that support their interests at a reading level that is appropriate for them. Students and parents can access the database by visiting the website: lexile.com/fab/wy and entering their reading interests and their Lexile® measure, which can be found on their Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) report. The Lexile measure is an indicator of a student's actual reading level based on the state assessment.
For more information, email Julie Magee
or call (307) 777-8740. More information about both of these summer initiatives will be available here
on or before May 27.
Find a Book, Wyoming will build custom reading lists for the student. The tool also enables students, parents and educators to check the availability of books at their local library, as well as, submit a pledge to read this summer.
The Summer Math Challenge offers a math skills program in a manner that's consistent with the Common Core State Standards, which Wyoming adopted as part of its own state standards last summer. The program is targeted to students who have just completed grades 2-5 and is designed to help them retain math skills learned during the previous school year.
The Summer Math Challenge uses a student's mathematics score, reported as a Quantile® measure, to produce activities tailored to the student's mathematical ability. Both tools have features that allow students, parents and educators to estimate a Lexile or Quantile measure if it's not known.
Parents who enroll their child receive daily emails with targeted activities and resources to helps their children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge begins Monday, June 24 and runs to Friday, August 2. To find out more information about the Summer Math Challenge, visit quantiles.com/summer-math-challenge.
"It's tied to the CCSS, which we have recently adopted," Magee said. "The shift in math with the change in standards between what we had and what the CCSS has in the math content area is much more rigorous. This would be a really great way to introduce students to the content before the new standards are fully implemented in the next couple years."
Hernandez said both programs are self-paced.
"Some students who struggled during the school year have a chance, through this program, to reinforce these skills through the summer and might be able to grasp the concepts even better," Hernandez said.