The Summer Learning Challenge

Strong reading and math skills are essential to a student’s success in school and life. It is important that we use all the resources available to help build and improve our students’ skills of these subjects. For Alabama’s students, summer is a time of fun, but those months away from school can result in a loss of previously learned skills in both math and reading. To combat summer learning loss, the Alabama State Department of Education, along with local libraries and schools, is excited to announce The Summer Learning Challenge.


The Summer Learning Challenge encourages students to pledge to read 5-8 books selected from a personalized reading list and to actively engage in math practice every day for a portion of the summer. The Summer Learning Challenge also provides access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and math practice.


Parents can take the opportunity now, before the summer begins, to create personalized reading lists for all students and learn how to use the exciting math and reading exercises. Once the summer begins, all public libraries in the state can help find enjoyable and suitable books.


There are a lot of FREE ways to keep your student engaged and excited about education:

  • The Lexile-based Find a Book, Alabama tool offers students over 160,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists on their Lexile range and personal interests and checks the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books. Find it here:
  • This program includes a free email-based math skills program for children who have just completed grades 2-5. Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Beginning June 23, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on August 1, parents will be able to print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer accomplishment. Register here:
  • This summer, Stride Academy is free to all students in the state from May 1 to August 8. Prevent “Summer Slide” with a cool blend of online math, reading, and science skills practice; spectacular video games; and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride Academy learning platform online anytime, 24/7, on tablets, PCs, and Macs. Register and login here: The Parent Support Line may be reached at (855) 382-6528 if you need help.

We want all of our students to be successful in school and in future careers. The Summer Learning Challenge offers tools to help your students create a love of reading and math to help them be better prepared for a lifetime of success. Find more information here:


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