LEARNING CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE THE SUMMER OFF
If lower income children can’t continue to learn through the summer, they fall behind their higher income peers.
By the end of third grade, lower income children are typically two years behind in reading, due in large part to summer learning loss – the biggest reason for the achievement gap between low and higher income children.
- Only 10 percent of low-income Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students have access to quality summer learning programs.
- In the summer, low-income children lose two to three months in reading comprehension, while their middle income peers make slight gains.
- Without significant intervention, roughly three-quarters of students who are not reading on grade level by third grade never catch up.