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Leave the slide on the playground!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period!

Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ summer reading and math challenges.

Find a Book Iowa

Find A Book logo and website linkStudents can use the "Find a Book, Iowa" tool, which enables students and parents to create personalized reading lists. "Find a Book, Iowa" matches a reader with books that will interest the student and provide the right level of challenge to support reading growth.

The "Find A Book, Iowa" tool will take you to a page where you identify which grade the student is in, as well as whether the student finds reading difficult, easy or somewhere in between. From there, the student will be able to select from a variety of book categories, from adventure to sports.

Then the tool will take the student to a page listing book suggestions, as well as where to purchase the book (and don’t forget you can simply borrow the book from the library!).

It's easy, fun – and it ensures the student won't fall behind during the summer break.

Enjoy your summer. And enjoy the wonders of good books. 


Find A Book, Iowa General Flyer

Find A Book, Iowa Frequently Asked Questions: Librarians

Find A Book, Iowa Frequently Asked Questions: Parents

Find A Book, Iowa Bookmarks (four per letter-sized piece of paper)

Find A Book, Iowa Certificate of Achievement


Math + Summer = Progress Iowa

Math + Summer logo and website linkA student can lose 2.6 months in math skills during the summer months. The slide in math skills during summer break doesn’t have to be.

Join the Council of Chief State School Officers' math challenge.

The math challenge is structured, and requires registration. It’s aimed at students who will be in the third through sixth grades in the fall. It is a six-week, email-based initiative designed to help students maintain math skills acquired during the previous school year. Families will receive a weekly targeted instructional activity and materials along with daily personalized email suggestions and resources. The math challenge runs June 23 through Aug. 1.

For more information on the Summer Math Challenge and to register, go to


Summer Math Challenge, Iowa General Flyer

Summer Math Challenge - Iowa Math Summer Progress Certificate of Achievement

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 22, 2018 at 11:14am.