The Wyoming Department of Education, in partnership with MetaMetrics and the Council of Chief State School Officers, is trying to stop the negative effects of summer learning loss with two new summer learning initiatives: Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge.

Julie Magee, Division Director of Standards, Learning and Accountability for the Wyoming Department of Education, says students grow in their reading and mathematics abilities during the academic school year, but students can slip in their abilities over the summer months. This phenomenon is called “summer learning loss,” and is well documented by researchers throughout the country.

The Find a Book, Wyoming tool supports and facilitates this research based solution. Find a Book, Wyoming enables students, educators and parents to build custom reading lists based on their reading ability, as well as, personal interests. The tool also enables students, parents and educators to check the availability of books at their local library, as well as, submit a pledge to read this summer. .

The Summer Math Challenge is a math skills maintenance program based on grade-level state standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program is targeted to students who have just completed 2nd through 5th grade and is designed to help them retain Math skills learned during the previous school year. Parents, who enroll their child, receive daily emails with targeted activities and resources to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge begins Monday, June 24 and runs until Friday, Aug. 2.