The mission of READS for Summer Learning is to improve reading comprehension by fostering children’s engagement with books over the summer. Children are “engaged” with books when they are motivated to read them on their own and read in ways that increase their reading comprehension.

The acronym READS stands for:

Teacher reading to student

  2) A research- and data-driven summer reading program.  READS will:

  • Use data from randomized experiments to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the READS summer reading program.
  • Incorporate findings from the best and most current research on the instruction of reading comprehension.
  • Promote innovative ‘data- use strategies’ in  districts, schools, and classrooms to use data to:              
    • determine the extent to which students exhibit summer loss
    • select high-needs schools that are ready to implement READS
    • increase understanding of READS, support, and buy-in through data discussion groups
    • refine and improve READS

3) A partnership including school districts, schools, non-profit organizations, and universities. These partners will use data from READS to:

  • enlist the support of other community organizations in scaling up READS throughout the state
  • assist other North Carolina districts and schools in sustaining READS
  • identify factors that influence district and school decision making in implementing READS

Students reading in a library

READS is supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s i3 (Investing in Innovation) Fund and The Wallace Foundation.