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What do you know about the “summer slide”?

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True or false: lower-income children's skills improve at close to the same rate as those of their more advantaged peers during the school year.

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True: During the school year, lower-income children's skills improve at close to the same rate as those of their more advantaged peers. However, many students go back to school in the fall with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.

On average, children from low-income families lose how many months' worth of reading skills each summer?

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Children from low-income families lose two or more months of reading skills each summer on average. This is known as the summer slide.

True or false: the summer slide is cumulative, meaning that the achievement gap between children from wealthier homes and those from low-income homes widens every year.

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True: The summer slide is cumulative. That means that every year the achievement gap between children from wealthier homes and those from low-income homes gets bigger.

Summer learning loss during elementary years accounts for how much of the reading achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families, by the time they reach 9th grade?

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It has been estimated that summer slide during the elementary school years alone accounts for at least half of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families!

By the end of the six-week program, CDF Freedom Schools scholars...

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All of the above. CDF Freedom Schools empower youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and their world. At the end of the six-week program, CDF Freedom Schools scholars have gained an average of 8 months of reading skills, own a brand new collection of high-quality books, and are prepared to start the new year strong and ready to learn!

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2019-05-31T14:56:57-05:00May 24th, 2019|