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Year Published: 2014
Academic results from year two of a five-year randomized controlled study that follows 5,000 low-income, predominantly African-American and Hispanic students from third to fifth grade in five urban school districts located in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Duval County, FL; Pittsburgh, PA, and Rochester, NY. Evaluators compared student success on math tests in the fall following their summer learning programs with the success of students who did not participate in summer programming. Key findings indicate that students who participated in summer programming performed significantly better on their math tests in the fall following the programs.
Scope of the Evaluation: Multi-city
Program Type: Summer
Location: Urban school districts in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Duval County, FL; Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY.
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School
Program Demographics: Eighty-six percent of participating youth in the study were low-income, qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. Just under half of participants were African-American (47 percent), 40 percent were Hispanic, 7 percent were white, and 3 percent were Asian. Close to one third of students (31 percent) were English language learners and 10 percent had special education needs.