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the problem

summer slide

Every summer, scholars who aren't engaged in learning lose as much as 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 months of what they learned the year before. Therefore, the following school year, teachers spend up to 6 weeks re-teaching old material that scholars have forgotten. 

This “summer slide” disproportionately affects children living in low-income neighborhoods, and research has shown that ⅔ of the academic achievement gap can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

 2/3 of the Academic Achievement Gap can be attributed to unequal summer learning opportunities.