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Document Number: 7052

Impacts of a Summer Learning Program - A growing body of evidence indicates that the test scores of low-income children drop significantly relative to their higher-income counterparts during the summer months. This study evaluates the effectiveness of the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) program – a summer program designed to improve academic skills, parental involvement, academic self-perceptions, and social behaviors among low- income children and families. The study found that children in the BELL treatment group gained about a month’s worth of reading skills more than their counterparts in the comparison group during the summer. The study also found evidence of positive impacts on the degree to which parents encouraged their children to read. No impacts were found on academic-self perceptions or social behaviors. (Duncan Chaplin and Jeffrey Capizzano, The Urban Institute, August 2006) ...

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