How to Close the Achievement Gap
Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News, and his wife Jane, have been committed to reducing the achievement gap and tackling the issue of summer learning loss in low income students for over two decades.
In this short video, Brian Williams narrates the story of two children’s futures based on their summer learning experiences.
The achievement gap refers to the persistent difference in reading, writing, and math scores between groups of students defined by gender, race/ethinicity, and socioeconomic status. Over 100 years ago, in 1906, education researchers began exploring the effects of summer learning loss on student achievement. As we entered the 21st century, researchers began evaluating the link between summer learning loss and the achievement gap.
As a result of foundational research completed by the National Summer Learning Association, the link between summer learning loss and the achievement gap was correlated to socioeconomic status. The research explained that 2/3 of the achievement gap between high performing middle income students and low performing low income students was attributed to summer learning loss.
The ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program sets out to stop the achievement gap before it begins by offering summer skill review for Pre-K through 5th grade. Our summer workbooks, combined with parent guides to summer, achievement medals and a parent education night support students and families all summer long.