The Borten Institute
“Summer Slide” also known as “Summer Learning Loss” is the loss of academic skill, a child loses, over summer break
Summer Slide Facts:
- As much as two months of learning can be lost over the summer.
- Summer learning loss is so common that teachers have to spend the first six weeks of a new school year reteaching old material.
- Summer slide accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between low income children and mid to high income children.
Impact of COVID-19 on Summer Slide
Summer Slide is a significant issue this year for many reasons. One being that children have been out of school for several weeks due to COVID-19. These school closures, in addition to time out for summer, compounds the amount of academic skills children can lose. Additionally, children with learning disabilities who have not had access to accommodations and modifications for several weeks, may present with more significant loss in learning, as compared with peers who are non disabled.
Summer Slide Tips:
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Nikita Borten, M.ED