Overview of Summer Reading

Summer is an important time for critical educational development. Yet not all students have the opportunities to take advantage of these precious summer months. Research indicates that the reading achievement of low income students, as a group, typically declines during the summer months while the reading achievement of children from more economically advantaged families improves or remains the same. The reading performance of less-resourced children may decline as much as an average of three months between June and September. Therefore, smart use of summer learning time is instrumental in closing the achievement gap between privileged and less-resourced children and helps all children reach their full potential. 

Today, the landscape of summer learning is shifting. Summer opportunities occur in many more places than just the traditional summer school classroom. Learning can take place through digital learning platforms, community-based programs, summer programs at community parks and recreation centers, drop-in learning adventures at the library and even resources put into the hands of families and homecare givers. 

Oakland Schools encourages districts to consider promoting summer reading opportunities for all students. This webpage provides district considerations for creating, planning, and implementing effective summer learning. 


District Considerations

Research on Summer Reading Loss


Questions? Need more information? If you have questions about preventing summer reading loss please contact any of the following Early Literacy Consultants:

[email protected]


[email protected]

[email protected]

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *