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ERIC Number: ED510049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
America After 3PM Special Report on Summer: Missed Opportunities, Unmet Demand
Afterschool Alliance
For many children in America, summer vacation means camp, trips to new or familiar destinations, visits to museums, parks and libraries, and a variety of enriching activities--either with families or as part of a summer learning program. But for millions of others, when schools close for the summer, safe and enriching learning environments are out of reach, replaced by boredom, lost opportunities and risk. This disparity in summer learning opportunities each summer is a great shame and a significant contributor to the crisis in education in this country. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. More than half of the achievement gap present in ninth grade between lower and higher income youth can be explained by summer learning loss that disproportionately affects low-income children. It is a significant part of the reason that low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college. It's true that some children and families in America have the luxury of choosing from a variety of summer learning opportunities including summer camps, community-based programs, parks and recreation activities, library reading programs and traditional summer school. This report focuses specifically on summer learning programs--safe, structured programs that provide a variety of activities designed to encourage learning and development in the summer months--since high quality summer learning programs are emerging as an important strategy to prevent summer learning loss. The data for "America After 3PM Special Report on Summer" were collected in the 2009 "America After 3PM" study, which surveyed nearly 30,000 households. This report presents general findings and breaks them out by ethnicity and socio-economic status as measured by eligibility for free and reduced price lunch, while also offering data on demand and support for summer learning programs in each state. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance