The authors of a November 2002 report from Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning state that "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year. . . It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills." According to the National Association for Summer Learning, students, on average, lose approximately two months of grade-level math skills during the summer if they do not participate in educational activities. Additional research states losses in math are somewhat greater than those in reading, and teachers often spend four to six weeks re-teaching material. Concepts and skills gained during the school year melt away with the summer heat, and result in teachers spending a portion of the following academic year playing catch-up before they are able to move forward.
Math and reading are often the biggest cause for concern with the summer slide. Without regular practice, these skills tend to diminish more dramatically over the summer. Find out more information about summer learning loss and how Mathnasium can help with our handy infographic.
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