From The New York Times:
Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
The widening achievement gap between affluent and low-income students has received less attention than the divide between white and black students, which has narrowed.
Kids Read Now is attacking this disparity at its core—by addressing and eliminating elementary reading loss over the summer. This “summer slide” disproportionally hurts lower income students, and is a major reason that these children end up years behind their better-off peers. It’s not a racial issue, it’s an economic one. That’s why we have committed a million dollars to expand a proven program to stop this slide.
KidsReadNow is rolling out regionally this summer—with primary support from the One Call Now Foundation— with a proven summer reading and motivational system for 3rd graders; the crucial period when “learning to read” transitions to the essential “reading to learn”.
Last summer, the Kids Read Now program raised reading scores substantially (10.4%) for 800 kids, for about a nickel a day per child. It can be done, and it doesn’t take much.
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