Afterschool Research: Literacy

Reading. Writing. Critical thinking.

Afterschool programs are supporting the development of students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Using students’ reading test scores as an indicator of U.S. students’ aptitude in literacy, more than 6 in 10 students at the elementary, middle and high school level are less than proficient in reading. What’s more, over the past 20 years, students’ average reading scores have changed very little. Afterschool programs are providing students with the additional supports they need to help make sure that they leave school with a strong foundation in literacy—building their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  

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Literacy in Afterschool: A Building Block for Learning and Development (2011)

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, is proud to present the last of four issue briefs in our fourth series examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This brief emphasizes the dramatic literacy gap between low- and high-income students, and explores how afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to fill those opportunity gaps and support the acquisition of reading and writing skills among underserved youth to help them develop a brighter future.

Academic Enrichment Literacy