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The Achievement Gap

Too often we think of summer as a vacation for our kids. But for many low-income children, summer is when they lose out. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “summer slide” or the achievement gap.

The Achievement Gap

Studies show that low income children lose out on the skills they developed during the year, on the meals they received at school, on the caring adults who support them and on opportunities for physical fitness and after school activities.

The “summer slide” can affect whether students master reading by the end of third grade, a pivotal point in a child’s education. This critical time signals a shift from learning to read toward reading to learn.

A recent study showed that children who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. The statistics are even worse for low-income and minority children who don’t read well.

The serious issues surrounding the support of students living in limited-income circumstances has generated much discussion and research.

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