Summer Learning Loss

Too many children lose ground over the summer

Research spanning 100 years has proven that students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer. The problem is particularly acute among low-income students who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, which slows their progress toward third grade reading proficiency. And it exacerbates the achievement gap with their middle-class peers.

Did you know...?

  • Each Year Low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.
  • After 6 Years - By the end of fifth grade, disadvantaged children are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading.
  • Programs - Several studies of summer learning programs show that students make statistically significant gains in reading performance.

Read More - Summer Learning Loss Fact Sheet

Tahoe Truckee Reads supports Summer Learning Opportunities:

Summer Neighborhood Reading Programs - TTUSD teachers and community volunteers host reading programs directly in neighborhoods to ensure a high quality summer learning opportunity is available to students.  These programs focused on literacy and also included art, science, and outdoor explorations.

Summer Book Bag - TTUSD elementary schools and the Sierra Expeditionary Learning School hosted an end of year book drive in June 2013.  With support from the community, book bags were provided to every TTUSD elementary student and were used by students to take home summer reading tips and news and the new books selected by the students from their schools' donations.

Increased literacy in existing programs - summer camp programs throughout the region increased their focus on literacy in their day camps.

Increased storytime and summer reading activities at our public libraries.

The Challenge

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children nationwide miss this crucial milestone.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure that all children in our community are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. We want our children to have the tools they need to be successful in life.