June 21 2012
Today is National Summer Learning Day, a day established to raise awareness of the significance summer learning plays in educational achievement.
When kids go on summer vacation, their knowledge and skills suffer, with their performance dropping off, on average, one month from where they were when they left school in the spring. Such losses do not affect all kids equally, having the greatest effect on low-income students. The losses are cumulative over the years, contributing to a growing difference between lower- and higher-income kids and contributing to the achievement gap.
The RAND Corporation has assessed both the need for summer learning programs and the existing evidence on effective, viable, and sustainable programs in urban districts.