Children need to engage with books every day so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year.
The good news is that if children read just six books over summer vacation, they will likely avoid summer reading loss. Here are a few ideas for reaching–and going beyond–this six book goal:
Take books with you and your child everywhere you go; to the doctor’s office, on picnics, on road trips, etc.
Let your child choose the books she wants to read (as long as they’re age-appropriate and are written at the just right level of difficulty).
Support his reading experience by talking about the books and helping him understand and interpret what he reads.
Read aloud to your child, even if he can read on his own. It helps build vocabulary and listening comprehension skills.
As you’re reading aloud, be sure to interact with your child by asking what she thinks might happen next, what a certain character is likely to do, whether the story is real or make-believe, and so forth. Above all, have fun!
If you are more comfortable reading to your child in a language other than English, by all means do so. What your child learns in his or her native language will help create a bridge to learning English.
Encourage your child to participate in a summer reading program. Many libraries host them. Some bookstores do, too. =throughout the summer months.
In addition to reading books, children can practice their reading skills by engaging in many different online reading experiences.
The Virginia Board of Education adopted a resolution at its March 26, 2015 meeting allowing expedited retakes of SOL tests in grades 3-8. In our school division, we know our students work hard during the school year mastering content and skills in their classes in preparation for the SOL tests at the end of the year. While we have every expectation our students will pass, we are aware there are instances where students know the material but are unable to pass the SOL because of anxiety, not feeling well, or other reasons.
Based on state regulations, Caroline County Public Schools is offering elementary and middle school students the opportunity to retake a failed SOL test if they meet the following criteria:
1) Have passed the course associated with the test, and
2) One of the following:
• Failed the test by a narrow margin (scaled score of 375-399); or
• Failed the test by any margin and have extenuating circumstances that would warrant retesting (as determined by the school division); or
• Did not sit for the regularly scheduled test for legitimate reasons
In order for a child to retake a test, the school must have permission from the parent or guardian. To assist parents in making this decision, the following information may be helpful:
1) If your child does not retake a SOL test, it will not impact his/her grade or academic record
2) If your child retakes a SOL test and passes, it overwrites the previous failing score
3) If your child retakes a SOL test and fails again, the highest of the two scores becomes the score of record
4) Your child is only allowed one opportunity to retake each failed SOL test
Should your child be eligible to retake a SOL, you will be contacted with additional information. If you have questions, please contact Betsy Shortt, Division Director of Testing, at 804-633-5088, or your child’s school.