Read for Success Report Addresses Summer Learning Loss in Poor and Rural Communities

Last Updated: June 09, 2015

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The Read for Success model was launched in 2012 as part of a U.S. Department of Education Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant.  Read for Success followed 33,000 second, third and fourth grade students in 173 schools in 41 school districts and 16 states over a period of two years. Eighty percent of the children who participated came from high-poverty districts. More than half of these schools were rural/non-urban districts.

Among the key findings of the report:

Students who participated in the study improved their reading proficiency over the summer. On average, 57 percent of those students tested showed statistically significant improvements in reading proficiency from spring to fall each year, instead of 80 percent of children showing loss in reading proficiency (the current finding).

Read the report: Read for Success: Combating the Summer Learning Slide

Learn more about the Rural Trust's participation in Literacy Innovation in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC): Increasing Early Literacy in Rural Communities

Find out more about the Department of Education's Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant Program