The Effectiveness of Summer Math
Bari Walsh (August 26, 2022)
“The results indicate that school and district leaders should consider increasing their investments in summer programs as a research-based strategy to improve academic skills. The studies we looked at showed positive impacts on math learning for students in both lower- and mixed/higher-income settings, which points to the potential for summer programs to aid students from a variety of backgrounds in their COVID-19 pandemic-related educational recovery.”
SUMMER MATH LOSS: WHY KIDS LOSE MATH KNOWLEDGE, AND HOW FAMILIES CAN WORK TO COUNTERACT IT
Leah Shafer (June 24, 2016)
“Across the socioeconomic spectrum, kids arrive back at school every fall much worse off in mathematics than they finished in the spring. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of learning in math over the summer — and teachers have to give up weeks of class time, or more, to make up for that loss.”
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS: WHAT IS IT, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
David M. Quinn and Morgan Polikoff (September 14, 2017)
“Schools and districts should want to address the issue of summer learning loss not only because it may exacerbate achievement gaps, but also because it ‘wastes’ so much of the knowledge students have gained during the school year. Summer loss also undoubtedly increases the amount of time teachers have to spend ‘re-teaching’ last year’s content, likely contributing to the repetitiveness of the typical U.S. curriculum.”
RETHINKING SUMMER SLIDE: THE MORE YOU GAIN, THE MORE YOU LOSE
Megan Kuhfeld (June 6, 2019)
First, researchers revisit the famous 1996 study on the topic. Unsatisfied with the research practiced, they conduct a new study to provide fresh data on the subject. What is found is not surprising.
“Seventy percent to 78% of students lost ground in math during the summer within the elementary school grades. The summer between 5th and 6th grade, which corresponds to the transition between elementary and middle school for many students, represented the largest summer drop in math, with 84% of students demonstrating summer slide. It is important to remember, however, that these findings indicate that 22% to 38% of students show gains during the summer, implying that summer learning loss is not inevitable.”
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS: WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE’RE LEARNING
Megan Kuhfeld (July 16, 2018)