Partnership for After School Education

Issue 130

September 15, 2016

Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youth

Elementary school students with high levels of attendance in voluntary summer learning programs — defined as at least 20 days of a five- to six-week program — experienced benefits in math and reading according to new RAND Corporation findings from the largest research study ever conducted on summer learning. The results, reported in “Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youth,” are on the impact of programs during two consecutive summers. RAND researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial, comparing the results for students who participated in the program with results for students who did not. After the first summer, students who attended at least 20 days outperformed the control group in math, and the improvements persisted through the school year. After the second summer, these high attenders outperformed the control group of students in math and reading, both in the fall and in the following spring.

September 15, 2016

Building Education Systems to Support the Development of 21st Century Competencies

Asia Society's Center for Global Education convened a working group of leaders from six cities in Asia and in North America - Denver, Hiroshima, New York City, Seattle, Seoul, and Singapore - to discuss approaches to building education systems that support the development of 21st century competencies. Despite differences in the cultural and policy contexts across these six cities, there are also many common threads in how leaders approach the effort to building and sustaining a system-wide commitment to helping youth develop, practice, and master these competencies. The full reflections of this working group, including their current approaches and plans for next steps are summarized in a recently released report, sponsored by the C.S. Mott Foundation. Join Asia Society on October 6, 2016, for a special #GlobalEdChat on Twitter with report lead researcher Christina Russell of Policy Studies Associates.