Most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills in the summer, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement.
More than 100 Bethel elementary students are in remedial math and reading and writing classes for four weeks this summer, and another 500 are enrolled in enrichment classes embedded with academics taught by certified teachers.
In Stamford, about 760 students in seventh through 12th grades and 1,450 in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades are attending summer offerings. In Bridgeport, up to 5,000 students are enrolled in courses.
Some reading programs are required by the state of Connecticut for struggling students and are free. Other programs have fees or a sliding scale. Even when research says the amount of gains possible with the summer programs is limited, educators say every bit helps.