In a front-page article
, The New York Times reports that urban school districts across the country are recognizing that summer learning loss is a problem, especially for disadvantaged students, and are taking steps to combat it. The article profiles one such effort in the Tampa area (Duval County, Fla.), where children receive a six-week summer program of creative learning, field trips and other activities. Duval County’s work is part of a $50 million Wallace initiative to help selected districts strengthen and expand summer learning programs, and then conduct a study to better understand the programs’ implementation and effects on academic performance and “behavioral factors” like teamwork. The article quotes Ann Stone, senior research and evaluation officer at Wallace: “In a time of constrained resources, getting the rigorous evidence about what works is really important,” she says.