Why Summer Matters

School’s out! Summer is a great opportunity for children and youth to:

  • Spark a new interest — such as robotics or music
  • Build confidence and social skills
  • Have new experiences — through field trips, new friendships
  • Keep physically active
  • Get connected to caring adults
  • Develop skills to become lifelong learners
  • Be in a safe place while parents are at work

Summer Learning

While summer represents time away from the classroom, it is a critical time to keep students engaged in learning. According to our colleagues at the National Summer Learning Association:

Summer Slide

Summer slide is what often happens to children from low-income households during the summer months. They tread water at best or even fall behind, while higher-income children build their skills steadily over the summer months.

Two Months

Most students lose two months of math skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading.

Two Months

Most students lose two months of math skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading.

Gap in Reading

Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.

The Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is roughly 30 to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than among those born 25 years earlier.

The Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is roughly 30 to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than among those born 25 years earlier.

Summer Learning Programs

Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.

9 in 10 Teachers

Nine in ten teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year.

9 in 10 Teachers

Nine in ten teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year.

 

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