Summer Slide

How to support your students in beating summer learning loss

Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do!

What is the Summer Slide?

All young people experience learning loss.


Loss happens when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.


Research spanning over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardize tests at the end of summer vacation then they do on the same test at the beginning of the year.


Most students lose about 2.6 years of mathematical computation skills over the summer.


More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

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Ways to Beat Summer Reading Loss - Suggestions for Parents

Read Every Day!

  • News, magazines, websites, recipes

Take the 6 book Challenge and read 6 books over the summer!

  • 5 Finger Rule and I Pick, start a kids book club

Before the school year ends conference with your child's teacher

  • Ask for suggested summer work

Practice Math Every Day!

  • Use math at the grocery store, cooking, track the daily temperature outside, family game night

Set Summer Goals

  • Goals to earn rewards

Do it Yourself Summer Projects

  • Find DIY activities on pinterest or from a library book