The National Summer Learning Project
What we did
Summer can offer children opportunities for enrichment and sharpening of academic skills. Children from families experiencing poverty, however, often lack such experiences. School districts working with community organizations could change this.
The National Summer Learning Project had two aims:
- Help five school districts to shape and run high-quality summer programs for thousands of children
- See how to carry out effective programs and whether they affect academics and other areas
The free programs included a mix of academics and enrichment. They were offered five days a week for five to six weeks.
What we learned
The RAND Corp. carried out research in three phases:
- 2011-2012: Evaluation of district programs and feedback to strengthen them
- 2013-2015: Outcomes for 3,192 rising fourth graders selected to take part in the programs compared with outcomes for similar students who had not been selected
- 2017: Examination of whether outcomes had lasted.