The Delaware Department of Education is collaborating with the Division of Libraries and MetaMetrics, a national educational research group, to promote free, online tools for students that will enhance their reading and math skills this summer.

Find a Book, Delaware is a research-based website that helps students create personalized reading lists based on their unique Lexile measures, or reading levels, to ensure the text demands of the books they choose are not too difficult or too easy. By matching students to reading lists designed around Lexile measures, students strengthen their reading skills, which is especially important when school is not in session.

Find a Book, Delaware allows educators to design summer reading contests that encourage students to read books best suited to their abilities. Teachers can then print certificates for students who complete the program. Children can also use Find a Book, Delaware when participating in the state's Summer Library Challenge.

To help remedy the summer math slide, students who have just completed first through eighth grade can participate in Delaware's Summer Math Challenge. The program runs June 19 through July 28. During this time, parents can receive daily emails with math-based activities and links to educational resources to promote math skills during the summer months. When the program ends, teachers and families can print award certificates to celebrate their student's summer accomplishments.

For information, visit doe.k12.de.us/summerlearning.