Research tells us that the affects of Summer Learning loss actually supports the widening of the achievement gap. If you have watched The Brian Williams SummerLearning , you have seen that by the end of fifth grade, kids without summer learning opportunities can fall 2.5-3 years behind their counterparts who have been engaged during the summer.
Here are some sobering Summer Learning Loss Facts:
- Unequal summer learning opportunities during elementary school years are rampant across the country.
- A study of five California cities revealed that nearly 75% of children and youth are not served by the most common providers of summer programming (NSLA, 2009)
- Most children gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school for summer than during the school year when school is in session. Summer [weight] gains are especially large for African American and Hispanic children (von Hippel et al., 2007)
- In California, nearly a third (32%) of 5th graders are overweight or obese (kidsdata.org; California Department of Education, 2009).
- Research spanning 100 years show that children experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer (White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander, 1992; Cooper et al., 1996; Downey et al., 2004)
If you want to learn more about summer learning and how to support the Partnership for Children and Youth’s powerful vision: “All children and youth will enjoy an equal opportunity for a healthy, happy and successful future,” you can get more information at www.partnerforchildren.org or www.SummerMatters2You.net