Low-income students have less access to academic opportunities compared to their higher-income peers. This is especially true in the summer. The lack of summer learning accounts for half of their achievement gap.
Throughout the summer, low-income students lose more than two months of math and reading skills, while their middle-income peers make gains. This creates an achievement gap that we can’t ignore.
As students go from grade to grade, the achievement gap gets wider. As adults, the low-income students take lower skilled jobs, creating an increasing wealth gap and continuing the cycle with the next generation.