Archive for June, 2016

Summer Learning, Reading, Math

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Over the years — for example, in July 2015 – this blog has noted the problem of “summer learning loss” and how it contributes to achievement gaps.  For some students, summer is a period for learning gains, while other students may stagnate academically, or worse.
To call attention to this problem, and to the potential for summer as a time to advance students’ academic opportunities, “Summer Learning Day” this year is July 14.
In the New York Times, KJ Dell’Antonia, of the “Motherlode” parenting blog, this month wrote:
“In summer, the lack of affordable child care and the achievement gap collide for lower income families. Most kids lose math skills over the summer, but low income children also lose, on average, more than two months of reading skills — and they don’t gain them back. That puts them nearly three years behind higher income peers by the end of fifth grade, and the gap just keeps getting wider. Researchers credit the summer slide for about half of the overall difference in academic achievement between lower and higher income students.
Much of that can be prevented by a summer learning program. In 2013, about a third of parents surveyed said one of their children participated in such a program; just over half said they would want their children to participate if they could find an affordable program.”

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