We are onto the Free Summer Slide Activities Program – Week 3. What did you like about last weeks activities? If you haven’t enrolled already, you still can do so in the form below.
I came across an article on the Brookings Institute website and written by David M. Quinn and Morgan Polikoff. The article begins with a series of disappointing—but unsurprising—statistics about the summer slide, a term used to describe the academic regression experienced by students over the summer.
In their overview of the summer slide, Quinn and Polikoff offer a few key facts:
- Learning and achievement are perishable. The average student loses a month of academic-calendar learning each summer.
- The impact of the summer slide contributes to a more pronounced achievement gap.
- Research has found a link between socioeconomic status and the loss of reading skills experienced over the summer.
- Studies show older students lose more over the summer than younger ones.
- Students see greater academic dips in math than in reading.
All this academic data correlates with my experience as a teacher. Classroom teacher budget substantial amounts of time to reteach their students the skills that they had learned the year before; it was no secret that summer vacation lead to rusty skills and forgotten knowledge.
To be continued next week… The Faucet
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