MASON CITY, Iowa – Iowa’s summer reading programs didn’t have the results many were hoping for.
The Iowa Reading Research Center says while the summer reading program helped students who were struggling with reading, on average it didn’t improve all students’ skills. They also saw only half the students invited to participate attend.
Hoover Elementary Principal Barb Wells says the program is still very new.
“Students that were involved in the program were very happy about having the additional help. They were able to have three hours of instruction every day for five weeks, Monday through Friday,” Wells said.
All Iowa schools are expected to have some type of summer reading program in place by May 2018.