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Students Gained in Math, Not Reading in RAND Summer-Learning Study

Summer programs in large urban school districts showed benefits for mathematics but flat results in reading and social emotional development, according to preliminary findings released today, from the first longitudinal study of such initiatives.

The RAND Corporation study, known as the National Summer Learning Project, provides data from the first summer of a six-year, randomized controlled trial of programs in Boston; Dallas; Duval County, Florida; Pittsburgh and Rochester, New York. The study was funded by The Wallace Foundation, which also provides funding to Education Week for coverage of extended learning, leadership, and arts education.