MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For Alabama’s students, the months away from school can result in a large loss of knowledge in reading, math, science, and other core subject matter. “For the sixth year, The Alabama State Department of Education is committed to minimizing the summer slide by providing resources that encourage continuous learning opportunities,” says Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy Superintendent.

The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge offered by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Lexile, and LTS Education Systems, raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares research on the importance of personalized activities, and provides access to a variety of free resources to target summer learning.
The Lexile-based “Find a Book, Alabama” tool offers students over 260,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range and/or personal interests and checks the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books – www.Lexile.com/fab/Alabama.
Children, parents, and educators can also pledge to read using the “Find a Book, Alabama” tool starting May 1. We encourage all students to pledge to read.
The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have completed 1st through 8th grades.
Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Starting Monday, June 18, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, July 27, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer accomplishment!
This summer, Stride by LTS Education Systems   is FREE to all students in the state from May 1 to July 30. Prevent “Summer Slide” with a cool blend of online math, reading, language arts, and science skills practice, spectacular video games for every student interest, and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride learning platform online anytime on tablets, PCs, or Macs.
Register and login at www.AlabamaSummerStride.com.
LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-844-274-7474 for help with Stride (http://www.ltseducation.com/).
ALSDE encourages students to take advantage of reading opportunities and technology at Alabama’s public libraries. Locations and information can be found at http://www.publiclibraries.com/alabama.htm.
See the other Available Resources for Alabama Summer Learning Challenge 2018 here:

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