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 K-3
The 2017 Summer STARS program runs from June 1-28, for students in kindergarten through third grade, with a focus on rising third-graders. It is also recommended that students in grades K-3 who are not on track academically attend.
• Students attend Summer STARS four hours per day: 8 a.m. – noon or 9:30 a.m. – 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 on the screening test (given in the fall) for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Summer Learning programs also are recommended for any students in grades K-3 who are not on track academically.
• CPS' 2017 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
Beginning in 2013-14, all third-graders with low scores on the OAA reading test 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.