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Preventing Summer Learning Loss Proves To Be A Challenge

Between the time spent playing at the park, trips to the pool and attending sports camps this summer, some of the math and reading skills students learned a few weeks prior will fade to the back of their minds.

Summer learning loss has been documented for many years. Students’ math skills tend to regress more quickly than their reading skills during the summer, according to studies done in 1996 and 2000 by Duke University professor Harris Cooper. His research also found the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students becomes more pronounced when children are out of school.