Summer learning loss is responsible for declines in academic development among all children. One of the most effective strategies for impacting student achievement – accelerated summer learning programs – has gone virtually unused, and this is particularly true in low-income communities where students face the steepest declines in learning over the summer months.
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
Summer Learning Loss
Summer Advantage believes that if rigorous academic programming and an array of enrichment activities are offered during the summer months of the primary and middle school years, then children will show significant academic gains in reading and math, improve their self-esteem, and aspire to be leaders in their families, communities, nation, and world. Summer Advantage USA partners with schools and school districts to provide scientifically proven, cost efficient summer learning programs.Participation in quality summer learning programs makes a 5 month difference annually in the learning achievements of children, illustrated below:
Over the summer months, Summer Advantage USA scholars progress further in mathematics, reading, and language usage than the national average, according to NWEA RIT Scale data comparing 2.8 million students nationwide.