Reading is Focus of Summer STARS
Cincinnati Public Schools’ Summer STARS learning program aims to help elementary school students strengthen reading skills.
Summer STARS - Grades 2-3
The 2018 Summer STARS program runs from June 4-29, for students in second and third grades.
- Students attend Summer STARS for four hours per day, from 8 a.m. to noon, or 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., depending on the school’s start time.
- Extended-day programs for Summer STARS students are offered at some schools.
- Summer Learning is not mandatory for any student, but it is highly recommended for those students who were identified as not on track academically in reading NWEA MAP Winter Benchmarks as required by Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee legislation. Summer Learning programs also are recommended for any students in grades K-3 who are not on track academically.
- CPS' Summer STARS program is funded with federal Title I monies and other grant funding, and supported by the Wallace Foundation.
Summer STARS Links to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Since 2013-14, all third-graders with low scores on state reading tests must be retained in third grade to allow time for improvement, per state law. Called Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee, this law aims to ensure that struggling young readers get the support needed to improve.
By third grade, students should be strong enough readers to begin “reading to learn,” and able to move away from the “learning to read” focus of earlier grades.
Educators know that students who are poor readers by the end of third grade can fall behind in all subjects, will continue to struggle academically and will be at risk of dropping out of school.