ERIC Number: ED346447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Study of Summer Reading Programs in Response to House Joint Resolution 423. Report of the Department of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 24.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
A study investigated the feasibility of compulsory summer reading programs for students at risk in Virgina school divisions were surveyed concerning their summer school offerings. Remedial summer school enrollment statewide was analyzed. Structured interviews with staff responsible for administration of summer reading programs from 16 selected Virginia school divisions were conducted. A review of state and local regulations related to such programs was undertaken. Results indicated that: (1) a majority of Virginia school divisions used summer programs for remediation and other purposes; (2) program enrollment remained voluntary, yet a high percentage of eligible students enrolled statewide; (3) participation and attendance varied among school divisions; (4) many school divisions offer reading programs at no cost and provide transportation for students at risk; (5) summer reading programs frequently provided teachers and students the opportunity to experience new instructional methods; (6) no conclusions were drawn regarding the academic benefits of summer reading programs; and (7) instructional quality would be significantly compromised in the absence of state funding. Recommendations include that: summer programs for students at risk should continue to be supported at the state and local level; funding for increased instructional time for students at risk should be continued and expanded where appropriate; and the use of summer programs as a staff development opportunity should be supported. (One figure of data is included; the text of House Joint Resolution 423, and interview findings related to incentives and barriers to attendance and instructional methods used in summer programs are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia