Too many children lose ground over the summer months. Without access to the enriching activities available to more affluent peers, research shows that children from low-income families lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, they are nearly three grade levels behind their peers.
According to the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative, research spanning 100 years has proven that students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer. The problem is particularly acute among low-income students who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, which slows their progress toward third grade reading proficiency. And it exacerbates the achievement gap with their middle-class peers.
Did You Know...
Low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.
After 6 Years
By the end of fifth grade, disadvantaged children are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading.
Studies show 6-week summer learning programs can produce statistically significant gains in reading performance.