(June 5) The Impact of The “Summer Slide”

JUNE 5, 2014 | 6:08 PM BY AMY HANSEN

Ah, the summer slide.

It’s not your child’s playground agenda during their school vacation– it’s a term used for the regression of students’ skills over their scholastic summer breaks.

School summer vacations typically leave U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a little bit baffled.

“Students and teachers work so hard, get to a certain point in June, and too many come back in the fall further behind than when they left,” said Duncan. “That just simply makes no sense.”

Duncan chatted on WCPN’s daily call-in show The Sound of Ideas about how much of what students learn slips away during the long summer break.

Research shows many students, especially low-income students, tend to loose math and reading skills over the summer.

Duncan thinks that could be combated by having more time in school then they’re getting today.

Full story: The Impact of The “Summer Slide”  Amy Hansen, State Impact (Ohio), 6/5/14


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