The Council Bluffs Community School District in 2021 offered an in-person summer learning program to elementary students, during which students’ reading performance was assessed with the Measure of Academic Progress. On average, students in the program at all grade levels maintained their reading performance from spring of the previous academic year to the end of the program, and from the end of the program to a posttest in the subsequent fall.

The 2021 summer program was held after students had experienced inconsistencies in their education for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted the structure of the program. This also caused teachers to be out of practice with the usual instructional routines. Thus, it is not advisable to make direct comparisons to previous years’ summer programs.


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A group of students watches a teacher writing on a dry erase board at the front of the room