Nevada Department of Education Offers Free Opportunities in 2016 Summer Learning Challenge

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - June 21, 2016

CARSON CITY, NV – As a free resource to support Nevada’s Read by Grade Three initiative, the Nevada Department of Education is offering the 2016 Nevada Summer Learning Challenge.

 “To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This is especially true during the summer months. For Nevada’s students, those months away from school can result in a loss of knowledge and reading ability which is why I highly encourage parents and students to access these free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire summer reading.”

While the Summer Learning Challenge also offers math resources, this free resource is especially critical to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Read by Grade Three initiative to support activities found to be effective in improving the academic achievement of students in Kindergarten through third grade.

Nevada is proud to be a part of a nationwide summer reading initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO). The "Find a Book, Nevada" tool offers students over 160,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool ( enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range, grade level, and/or personal interests, and checks the availability of books at the local library. 

The Nevada Summer Learning Challenge also includes a free email-based math skills program for children who have just completed first through seventh grades. Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today (

Parents who register will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources designed to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. When the program ends on Friday, July 29, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child's summer math accomplishment.

More information on the Read by Grade Three initiative and Summer Learning Challenge can be found at the Nevada Department of Education website.