How To Prevent Summer Learning Loss Through Quality Programming

School is out for many area public school students and the concept known as Summer Learning Loss says some of those students will lose week’s worth of skills over the next few months.

Plus, studies show the losses are even greater for at-risk students, who may lose as much as two to three months of reading skills during the summer. Most students lose two to three months in math skills, studies show.

There is a growing movement of research and emphasis on quality summer programming and to expand access to a broad range of children. In Louisville, the city’s out-of-school-time charter–a partnership between Metro Government, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro United Way–is developing a system to fund and build quality staff and programs.

The city also released its summer learning program guidebook, and JCPS is encouraging families to reach out to its Every1Learns center around the city.

Gary Huggins is CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. The organization recently completed a survey of five-hundred teachers, a majority of whom say  they spend at least three weeks re-teaching old material at the beginning of school.

WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Huggins, who says he wants to see more summer learning programs that all students can attend. And he says the most successful programs include strong relationships between the school district, the city and community partners.

There are several free online resources like Bookadventure.com and PBSkids.org that parents and students can use to continue the skills learned throughout the school year. Feel free to add your resources in the comments below.

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Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama host middays for WFPL and reports on education and other Louisville issues.

@DevinWFPL

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