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Research in Brief

The National Summer Learning Association’s Research in Brief series profiles key studies about summer learning and highlights the findings in easy-to-understand language. These briefs can help inform the choices that parents, program providers and policymakers make when selecting and designing summer programs for youth.


  • Calculating the Return on Investment in Summer Learning
    Linda Goetze, Senior Researcher, Center for Education Policy Research, University of New Mexico

    For over 10 years, New Mexico’s K-3 Plus program has been extending the school year for at-risk early elementary school children, with growth of the program fueled by positive findings from pilot studies.
  • Preventing College Plans from Melting Away
    Benjamin Castleman, Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia
    Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pittsburgh

    Students who graduate from high school with a college acceptance in hand are seen to have “made it.” Yet new research is revealing that fewer students than we might expect complete the enrollment process and start their post-secondary education in the fall.
  • Summer School and Reading Proficiency
    Geoffrey Borman, Professor, Education Policy and Quantitative Methods, University of Wisconsin--Madison

    Summer reading has emerged as a key component of state legislation aimed at promoting student literacy. However, legislation has only scratched the surface when it comes to promoting best practices for effective summer reading programming.


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