Causes of Summer Learning Loss: Why Childern From Low-Income Communites Fall Behind During Summer Breaks

  • During summer breaks, children from low-income homes fall behind their peers in more affluent communities in reading and other academic skills  
  • These children can lose 2.5 to 3 years by 5th grade because they lack rich summer learning experiences afforded children in more affluent communities
  • Researchers estimate that about two-thirds of the ninth-grade academic achievement gap can be explained by what happens over the summer during the elementary school years (Alexander, Entwisle, & Olson, 2007)

The Repairs Ensuring That Children Do Not Fall Behind During School Breaks