Summer learning loss is a chronic problem impacting our children that grows the achievement gap with vulnerable students every year.
The achievement gap refers to the persistent difference in reading, writing, and math scores between groups of students defined by gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Over 100 years ago, in 1906, education researchers began exploring the effects of summer learning loss on student achievement. As we entered the 21st century, researchers began evaluating the link between summer learning loss and the achievement gap.
Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News, and his wife Jane, have been committed to reducing the achievement gap and tackling the issue of summer learning loss in low income students for over two decades. In this short video, Brian Williams narrates the story of two children’s futures based on their summer learning experiences.