Summer Learning Loss- Did You Know?

Summer Learing Loss:  Did you know?

  • Many children experience “summer learning loss” during the summer months, which means they forget the equivalent of up to two months of academic instruction as measured by grade level equivalents on standardized tests.
  • Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months (Cooper, 1996).
  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college(Alexander et al, 2007).