On average, students who don’t engage in summer learning lose the equivalent of two months’ worth of grade-level math and reading skills, according to the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University. “What I worry about a lot is summer reading loss,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently commented in Education Daily. You get kids to a certain point in June, and when they come back in September, they’re further behind than when they left you three months ago.”
Other ways kids lose ground over the break:
- Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do at the beginning.
- Most tend to fall behind in math and spelling because they have fewer opportunities to practice these skills while on break.
- Teachers spend an average of four to eight weeks every fall reviewing material students have forgotten over the summer.
- Kids tend to gain more weight when they are out of school — particularly those who are at high risk of obesity and spend a lot of time playing video games or watching TV.
Academic Achievers is offering a variety of preview/review workshops to get your child up to speed for reentry into the school year.
Call for more information on the August Academic Refresh Workshops (310) 883-5810