The largest research study ever conducted on summer learning in urban schools shows mixed results

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Elementary school students with high levels of attendance in voluntary summer learning programs – defined as at least 20 days of a five- to six-week program – shows benefits according to new RAND Corporation findings from the largest research study ever conducted on summer learning:

  • There is promising evidence that students with high attendance in one summer benefited in mathematics and that these benefits persisted through the following spring.
  • There is promising evidence that students with high attendance in the second summer benefited in mathematics and language arts and that these effects persisted.
  • There is promising evidence that students with high attendance in the second summer benefited in terms of social-emotional outcomes.
  • There is promising evidence that students with high levels of academic time on task benefited from the programs and that these benefits persisted in both mathematics and language arts.
  • There is promising evidence that students who received high-quality…

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