Larson: Fight the summer learning loss
As our students continue their summer vacation, we need to be reminded of the loss in academic skills and knowledge that is inherent with a three-month break from school.
Known as the “summer learning loss,” studies show that, on average, students will drop one to two months in grade equivalency in reading and math skills during the summer. For low-income students, this gap increases to three months behind grade level. Teachers often spend the first few weeks in September reviewing past material and fundamental skills.
So what can be done to counter this learning loss? While still enjoying the change of pace and the flexibility of the summer schedules, there are a few ways families can be intentional about maintaining and advancing their children’s academic skills.
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