Students all over the country are counting down the days until summer break arrives. Lazy mornings, vacations, and fun are in store for many, but often along with that comes summer slide, or the learning loss experienced by many students during the break from school. Summer slide disproportionately affects low-income students, and accounts for roughly two-thirds of the reading achievement gap between low- and middle-income students by ninth grade.
With summer break fast approaching (and for some, already here!), it’s important to think about what students can do to prevent summer learning loss. Ninety percent of teachers spend nearly a month of school reteaching students concepts and skills they’ve already learned, and keeping them engaged and active over the summer can help cut down on this review time.
Summer doesn’t have to be a time for learning loss. All it takes to avoid this is a little planning and work!
If you’re interested in learning more about online summer courses and how your schools and students can benefit from them, check out Edgenuity’s summer school offerings.
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