The achievement gap between rich and poor.
It widens every summer.
It’s not easy to get students to do their summer reading. But more and more studies are showing it’s crucial. In fact, students who read during the summer are far more successful at maintaining — and enhancing — the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year. Students who don’t read, on the other hand, lose valuable ground in the academic process.
The real problem is with underprivileged students. They lack the resources higher-income families can provide such as ready access to books and mentoring — along with extra-curricular learning activities such as educational camps and trips.