The National Summer Learning Association is delighted to partner with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to share this Summer Playbook with the goal of elevating and celebrating the essential role summer learning plays in helping every student succeed. Decades of research clearly demonstrate that summer is the most unequal time in America and that summer learning loss constitutes a significant, if largely unrecognized, threat to academic achievement. It is primarily during the summer months that millions of children slide backward academically, and it is during the summer months that the achievement gap between rich and poor increases most dramatically.

State chiefs cross the country are working to ensure educational equity for all students. For rural, urban and suburban communities, the strategies, stakeholders and solutions may vary but the end game for education leaders is the same: each and every student—regardless of background—graduating ready for college, careers and life. A shared vision for summer learning leads to a multi-year, community-wide summer learning action plan with defined goals and strategies, aligned with broader educational and community priorities. And when we harness the power of summer, our children are better prepared to thrive in the school year ahead and beyond.

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