Summer Learning

Summer LEARNING Loss

and why it matters...

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 severe among low-income students who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer. This slows their progress toward third grade reading proficiency. In addition, it exacerbates the achievement gap with their middle-class peers. By the end of 5th grade, they are nearly three grade levels behind their peers.

The Facts:

  • In elementary years, reading as few as six books over the summer will help children maintain their reading level from that school year.
  • When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children's books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50% not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains.
  • 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.

Our Strategies:

  • Connect parents and families to information, resources and support.
    • Examples: Smarter Summer program, Young Readers One Book and Porter the Hoarder, local lending library locations, etc. 
  • Gets books into the hands of children.
  • Build awareness of quality summer programs in the Black Hills area.
  • Promote and strengthen supporting entities that already support summer programs such as local libraries, girl scouts, etc.





How can you improve your child's summer learning loss?

> Visit your local library often.

Enroll your child in a summer reading program.

> Have your child record their books.
> Check and see if your school library has summer hours and explore online reading sites for young readers.
> Read aloud.
> Encourage vocabulary and word learning.
> Be a good example.
> Check out a few book lists for students at your public and school libraries.
> Read things around the house.
> Check out kids' magazines. Summer is the perfect time to try out magazine subscriptions.
> Check out online apps and digital tools to support reading and writing.
> Have him or her join or create a book club.