Years of education research have documented that the long summer hiatus from the classroom eats into children’s academic gains from the previous year. Summer loss accumulates year after year and “contributes to a substantial portion of the achievement gap,” according to a 2011 RAND Corp. report, “Making Summer Count,” commissioned by The Wallace Foundation. The RAND report notes that research from a dozen studies suggests it is possible to mitigate summer slide through smart summertime programs. Features of promising efforts include small group sizes, engaging activities, strong instruction, sufficient duration (five to six weeks over the summer) and, crucially, strong attendance.
Wallace chose the six in part because the superintendents and other district leaders already had launched programs to fight summer learning loss. The Wallace initiative seeks to help strengthen this programming, ...
Ensuring Summer Isn’t a Vacation From Learning BY WILL MILLER
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