Summer Learning

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Too many children lose ground over the summer

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...?

  • Each Year 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.
  • Programs - Several studies of summer learning programs show that students make statistically significant gains in reading performance

Resources to prevent Summer Learning Loss:

  • National Summer Learning Association–The national organization that promotes enriching summer learning programs can provide resources to help launch programs.
  • BELL Summer–Building Educated Leaders for Life Summer Learning Program is an enrichment program that primarily focuses on summer learning loss among children of color from low-income backgrounds.
  • Horizons National–This national network uses partnerships with private school and college campuses to provide summer programs for low-income children at no cost to the school district or city.
  • Summer Advantage USA–The summer program provides thousands of elementary and middle school students with research-based learning focused on academic gains
  • Summer Matters Campaign--Summer Matters is the first-ever statewide campaign focused on creating and expanding access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students.

Read more about what the community is doing to support grade level reading by third grade at our Community Voices Blog


National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Summer Matters Campaign

Take Action

  • Want to learn how you can get involved, interested in donating to Oakland Reads 2020? Contact us

The Challenge

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children nationwide miss this crucial milestone.

Oakland Reads 2020 is a citywide initiative to ensure that more children in our community succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.