Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.
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Summer learning loss occurs in most children who are not actively learning during the summer months. This loss of information is usually greater in children from low-income families, but experts say there are potential solutions – if political will can be found to support them.
Summer vacation is rapidly drawing to a close, and many students will end the summer further behind academically than when it started. Research shows that students lose, on average, a month’s worth of learning over the summer. Low-income students lose more, which exacerbates achievement gaps. In Savannah, one program is pushing low-income students ahead in school by summer’s end – through a combination of work and play.
Summer Learning Loss is a serious issue and one that’s been making national headlines lately. Studies have shown that most students lose about two months in math skills over the summer and low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. That’s why education officials in state and across the country are stressing the importance of keeping kids engaged over the summer. And one summer camp program in the Birmingham area is doing just that.
One summer enrichment program in Birmingham is making big strides in combating summer learning loss- and it’s part of a national, non-profit organization. Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama serves more than 9,000 Birmingham-area girls ages 6 to 18 with programs focusing on economic literacy, career preparedness and health and wellness.
Most students welcome the long months of summer as a time to relax and to put the school year behind them, but research shows that the summer break is not always good for students. In Georgia, the Shakespeare Superheroes camp is working hard to take the edge off summer learning loss.
Louisiana universities combat summer learning loss with kids’ camps that include courses in oceanography, microbiology, movie-making, robotics, and LEGO engineering. Those activities are components that can help counter “summer-learning loss”—the knowledge kids lose over the summer break.
Summer is often thought of as a time for school-aged children to take a break from their studies. This break often results in loss of accumulated academic knowledge, but it can also have health risks – especially for children from low income families.