The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement
June 20, 2007
BETH M. MILLER
For many, summertime occupies a nostalgic place in our imaginations, conjuring up memories of relaxation, fresh air, and freedom. Summer is also a time when many children are given the opportunity to expand their horizons and build new skills. But for a significant number of children who do not have access to these experiences, the summer can be three months too many without meaningful learning opportunities.
This report examines the benefits of summer learning opportunities, drawing on research that attributes the achievement gap to a lack of access to quality summer programs. Recommendations for policymakers and researchers include tapping philanthropic organizations, spreading awareness, and collecting additional data on underserved populations.
For the significant numbers of children who do not have access to these experiences, the summer can be three months too many without meaningful learning opportunities.