The Summer Slide

Is the summer achievement gap avoidable?

To achieve in life and school, children and adults need ongoing opportunities to enrich their skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

Many Americans have visions of summer as a carefree time when “kids can be kids.” Adult caretakers take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time with family, and trips to museums, parks, and libraries.

Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities.

Studies have proven that with the help of an adult, simple educational tools such as voluntary reading programs can work to reduce the summer achievement gap. Adults can help children to select appropriate books and employ simple techniques to improve skills and understanding. Encourage your students and their parents to partake in enriching opportunities this summer.

Find out more from the National Summer Learning Association »