According to the Florida Department of Education, summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that specially occurs during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in literacy programs. Summer learning loss contributes to the achievement gap in reading performance between lower- and higher-income children and youth. Research demonstrates that while student achievement for both middle- and lower-income students improves at similar rates during the school year, low-income students experience cumulative summer learning losses over the elementary school grades (The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Summer Learning).
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