What a difference a summer can make
- More than half of the achievement gap between youth from lower- and higher-income households can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, youth from low-income households are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al., 2007).
- Students may lose about two months of math skills over the summer. Students from low-income households also lose two months of reading skills, despite the fact that their peers from households with a higher income make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
- It’s not just a child’s academic knowledge that changes over the summer. Most children—particularly those with a high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly during summer break (Von Hippel et al., 2007).
Summer does not have to be a missed opportunity
We believe summer learning programs are critical to improving academic achievement in Rhode Island; they ensure students continue learning over the summer and are prepared for school in the fall.
- Service learning
- The Co-Planning/Co-Delivery Model
- Using hands-on, experiential, real-world learning
- Connecting to the community in authentic, helpful ways
- In 2016, students in the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) experienced an increase of 22 percent in literacy and 30 percent in math.
- Teachers from traditional school settings have overwhelmingly praised a core component of HSLI’s curriculum, hands-on, experiential learning. These education professionals have recommended this style of teaching/learning be implemented year-round.