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A Series To Explore Summer Learning Loss

Too much downtime this summer could prove to be a major detriment to Philadelphia’s students when they return to classes in fall. Summer learning loss, often nicknamed ”summer slide,” is a nationwide phenomenon that affects children, especially from kindergarten to 4th grade. Over the summer months, they lose reading and math skills that they learned during the school year, and in the fall, they return to their studies having fallen behind. 

Not having a coordinated effort to address this — and so not having children reach their full potential — “of course it affects that child the most, it affects that family the most,” said Vicki Ellis, the School District’s liaison with the city.