Access to Books
An analysis of a national data set of nearly 100,000 United States school children found that access to printed materials—and not poverty—is the “critical variable affecting reading acquisition” (McQuillan, 1998).
"Summer slide" refers to the learning shortfall experienced by low-income children versus their more affluent peers during the summer months. Two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities (Alexander et al., 2007). At best, students showed little or no academic growth over summer. At worst, students lost one to three months of learning (Cooper et al., 2000).
The summary "The Summer Slide", below, is from p. 12 of the report, "Access to Books" (click for download of full report).
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