Summer’s here, and while kids loving have a break from school, it can be a challenge to keep them engaged with learning all the way through the fall. In fact, one of the questions that comes up regularly here in the community is, “What can teachers and families do over the summer to make sure their kids don’t lose any of the great growth and progress they achieved over the school year?”
As you can imagine, the topic of summer learning and growth can get complicated, quickly. But that’s what this post is for: Here’s a quick rundown on some of our best insights and tips for students, families, and teachers on the topic of summer learning.
What is Summer Learning Loss?
First, it’s important to start with what the science says about what summer learning loss is, and the impact it may have on students. Start with these two articles from NWEA expert Megan Kuhfeld, PhD.
- Summer Learning Loss: What We Know and What We’re Learning
- Summer Learning Loss: Does It Widen the Achievement Gap?
How Can Families Get Involved?
Summers are a great time to get families involved with learning. Here are several of our favorite recommendations for helping students avoid the “summer slide” over the break.
What MAP Growth Data Can Teachers Use at the End of Summer?
The worst part about summer is that is has to end—but the end of the season is the perfect time for teachers to start preparing for their new students. As the season winds down, consider how you can use existing MAP Growth data to better understanding your incoming class.
How do you support learning in the summers? What advice do you have for other educators and families who want to support their young learners during the break? Share your best ideas here!