Why Summers Matter in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap
by Richard Allington & Anne McGill-Franzen - August 24, 2009
Summer reading loss accounts for at least 80 percent of the reading achievement gap by 9th grade. Yet almost no federal or state programs or school district initiatives target summers as key to closing the achievement gap. In this paper we report on studies illustrating that much can be done, and be done inexpensively, to address summer reading loss.
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