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Year Published: 2016
A randomized controlled study following 5,000 low-income, predominantly African-American and Hispanic students from third to seventh grade in five urban school districts located in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Duval County, FL; Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY, assessing the impacts of no-cost, voluntary summer learning programs on academic performance and social and emotional skills. Students who had high attendance in the summer programming saw significant near term benefits (gains in the fall after the summer program) and long-term benefits (gains seen through the following spring after the summer program) in math after summer programming in 2013 and 2014, near and long-term benefits in language arts after summer 2014, and positive benefits to their social and emotional skills after summer 2014.
Scope of the Evaluation: Multi-city
Program Type: Summer
Location: Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Duval County, FL; Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY.
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Demographics: Eighty-six percent of students were eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Forty-nine percent were African American, 38 percent were Hispanic, 13 percent were other racial/ethnic groups, and 29 percent were English language learners.