Summer Learning Gain Initiative

1 Summer Can Make a Difference

The Summer Learning Gain Initiative is designed to provide a supportive summer learning environment for the most at-risk and underserved children in St. Helena and West Feliciana Parishes. Capital Area United Way aims to not only collect data showing improvement in children served through summer programming, but also demonstrate a successful collaborative approach to public/private partnerships focused on student achievement. Superintendents, teachers, and staff come together several times a year for the Summer Learning Gain Institute to share best practices.

The Summer Learning Gain Initiative Goals include:

  • Slow or eliminate summer learning loss among student participants as indicated by pre- and post-summer assessments.

  • Demonstrate data-driven interventions that promote student learning and builds a bridge to the next year school curriculum.

  • Share key lessons learned and interventions to slow or eliminate summer learning loss.

  • Demonstrate a successful public/private partnership with funders and school districts around the issue of summer learning loss.

  • Students will be introduced to staff and advanced academic content to assist with a smooth transition into the next school year.

Results

Summer 2015 results:

  • 102 students completed summer programming in St. Helena and West Feliciana Parishes

  • 100% of students were promoted to next grade level one year post-participation

  • 87% of students maintained or improved literary skills

 

Summer 2014 results:

  • 64 students completed summer programming in St. Helena and West Feliciana Parishes

  • 100% of students were promoted to next grade level one year post-participation

  • 93.5% of students maintained or improved literary skills