The National Summer Learning Project (NSLP) is the largest study ever to look at whether and how large-scale, voluntary summer learning programs offered by public school districts can help improve educational outcomes for children. Supported by The Wallace Foundation, it is a partnership that includes The RAND Corporation; Boston Public Schools (with the community-based organization Boston After School and Beyond); Dallas Independent School District (with the community-based organization Big Thought); Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, FL; Pittsburgh Public Schools; and the Rochester City School District.
The research component of the project included a randomized controlled trial, or RCT, along with studies examining how summer learning programs were implemented. Conducted by RAND, the RCT focused on students who were in 3rd grade in spring, 2013. Students who signed up to take part in the districts’ summer learning programs were randomly selected to participate or not participate in the program for two summers (2013 and 2014). RAND will continue to gather a wide range of data from both groups of students through the 7th grade, including school year grades and attendance, student performance on standardized tests of math and reading, and measures of social-emotional skills. To learn more about the study and the results published to date, visit the
summer learning section of The Wallace Foundation’s Knowledge Center.