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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

The Camp Summer Plus Initiative

Publication Date: 
March 2011

The intervention, Camp Summer Plus (CSP), was initiated by the USAID/Jamaica Basic Education Project in an effort to raise the performance of grade three students requiring remediation in reading and mathematics. The five-week summer programmes were informed by the Earl Phalen Summer Advantage Programme which has been successfully implemented in the USA since 2009. The camps were held in 2011 and 2012. At the end of the five-week programme, students showed remarkable gains in terms of their social development and in academic achievement, gaining an average of one reading level in 2011 and one-half of a reading level in 2012. The results of a follow-up study on the 2011 students one year later showed that while there are some students who qualified for special education programmes, 43 per cent of these students achieved mastery on the Grade Four Literacy Test which they sat in 2012.

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