The summer required reading program is designed to reduce reading loss over the summer months for all students in the Oxford Area School District. It is estimated that summer breaks cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected.
District teachers at each grade level provide a range of selections in both title, topic and reading levels to enable students to select one fiction and one non-fiction title from a minimum of 12 books per grade level. Input from our Parent Teacher Organization was valuable in fine tuning the process for our families.
Grade level projects were developed by the teachers to provide a project for students to demonstrate understanding of their readings and for teachers to assess the students’ understanding. Options for the project were also provided.
Projects are to be completed no later than September 29 of the school year. Projects will be assessed by the teacher and comply with the grade level assessment structure, homework assignment in the lower grades (K-4) and as a class assessment in the upper grades (5-12).
A district partnership expands student and family use of the Oxford Public Library. The availability of books during the summer months at the library increases circulation while enabling students to explore additional books of personal interest.
Additionally, the district has the capacity to provide access to e-books through our digital library system. Directions to access the e-books is available on each school's website. Books are also made available through our Parent Teacher Organization.
We thank everyone for this valuable partnership with the District in advancing reading for all of our students.