There was a study by McMaster’s Scott Davies highlighting the idea that children from more affluent backgrounds do not experience the same “fallback” in their reading ability during the summer months as their more affluent classmates.
Doesn’t sound like rocket science to me. In fact an similar study in the U.S. inspired Ontario’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat to conduct summer research here in an attempt to discover whether the same held true for our students. (!)
But, before commenting further, I would love to read the research but, at this point, I am unable to get beyond this report filed in today’s Toronto Star. So before going any further I turn to you to see if anyone has access to the study by Dr. Davies.