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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Taking a Year-Round Approach to Literacy (March 2016)

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is proud to present this issue brief focusing on the year-round support needed to help students with their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This issue brief will also delve into the variety of ways afterschool and summer learning programs are taking a year-round approach to literacy, helping students catch up and keep up.

Issue Briefs Literacy