Prevent Summer Brain Drain...


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When summer rolls around, most kids are thinking of sleeping in and playing in the pool. Parents are occupied attempting to keep their kids busy and teachers are concerned that they didn't prepare their students enough for the following year. However, all should be actively fighting brain-drain.


As the school year winds down, teachers begin sending home information on summer reading lists and programs. As a teacher myself, I make sure reading is stressed as the summer begins. We are determined to make it a habit, but once July rolls around we get a little lax with our daily reading sessions. We all know preventing summer learning loss is important to classroom success in the fall, but it does take some diligence and planning.


Why is it so important to keep up with reading lists? The facts are pretty straightforward.

Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year (Cooper, 1996).
On average, students lose about 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer. (Cooper, 1996).


Low-income students experience greater summer learning losses than their higher-income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance during summer vacation. Low-income students experience about a two-month loss in reading achievement (Cooper, 1996).
The achievement gap in reading scores between higher and lower income students grows during the summer. Research shows that student achievement for both middle and lower-income students improve at a similar rate during the school year, low-income students experience a higher level of summer learning loss during their elementary school years (Alexander & Entwisle, 1996).

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