Nationwide, research is consistently showing that over the course of their summer break, our kids are losing some of the critical skills they have previously learned. One study showed that when students are given a test at the beginning and end of their summer break, they score significantly lower at the end of their summer break, even though it's the same test. It’s what experts call Summer Learning Loss.
According to Reading is Fundamental, “the greatest areas of summer loss for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, are in factual or procedural knowledge.”
Summer learning loss has some serious consequences, which is why many parents and educators are asking school districts around the country to consider changing school calendars to accommodate differences in student learning.
While discussions about what changes should and should not be happening to school calendars, we, as parents, can do our part to ensure that our kids continue learning throughout their summer break.