Organizers of the Indy Summer Learning Labs program say the five-week long session led to improvements in math and language arts skills for students. Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust and the United Way of Central Indiana developed the free, summer school program.

The program was developed to accelerate academic achievement and address lost learning opportunities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partners say they saw a 27% improvement in math performance and a 20% gain in language arts proficiency, based on post-program assessment data.

“These findings offer a glimmer of hope after a challenging year. Being able to help close education gaps through a free, accessible program is a game-changer, and these results show that this pilot can be applied to help future generations of students,” said Ann Murtlow, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central Indiana.

Thirty-nine sites across Indianapolis hosted the labs from June 21 to July 23. Nearly 3,000 students in first through ninth grades took part. The program received an $11 million state grant to help cover the cost of running the program.