Can large urban school districts successfully run high-quality summer learning programs? If so, how can they do it? And what impact can these programs have on students?
These are three of the questions Wallace, the RAND Corporation and five urban school districts are exploring as part of the National Summer Learning Project, a six-year effort to provide voluntary, district-led summer programs that offer a mix of academic instruction and enrichment—and test whether they help boost students’ success in school. To find out the answers, RAND is conducting a randomized controlled trial, the largest of its kind. Ultimately, RAND will examine the impact of two consecutive summers of participating in a summer learning program, following the students in the study through the 7th grade.