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Summer School: Should More Kids Go?

For years, Jennifer Dresmich, a middle school teacher in Pittsburgh, saw students come back from summer vacation further behind than when they left. Lessons from the prior year seemed to have evaporated under the summer sun. Some students needed weeks, if not months, of review before they were ready to settle into their new grade.

“I had to reteach quite a bit before I could even get started into the new curriculum … and we don’t have time to reteach all the skills they had lost,” Dresmich said. “And then there were other kids, who weren’t necessarily bored, but you knew they were doing meaningful things over the summer, because those kids come in ready to go.”