The National Summer Learning Association has a long history of battling the summer learning slide. Here is an interview with the association’s current CEO.
A weekend interview with Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association
School’s out for summer. Some kids might not crack open a book for weeks. That’s to their disadvantage, though. For when they snooze, they lose — many of the things they’ve already learned, that is. That means when they return to classes in August, their teachers get to spend time reviewing and reteaching rather than moving ahead. Parents can help their children avoid summer learning loss. Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association at Johns Hopkins University, spoke with reporter Jeff Solochek about the importance of staying sharp over the long break.
This is the week when all our schools let out and summer begins. So it just stands to reason that it’s time to talk about what kids should be doing to make sure they don’t forget everything they know. … What do you see as the concerns that someone should have about summer beginning?
The concerns are significant. Most kids, research is showing us, lose two months’ of math skills during the summer. And low-income kids also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills during the summer. Interestingly, during that same time middle income and advantaged kids typically gain a little bit on the reading side, even though the math loss is the same as the low-income kids. That’s a significant chunk of learning time. And if you put it in perspective of the achievement gap, those two months’ worth of loss over the summers accumulate. Research from Johns Hopkins has shown that summer learning loss is responsible for half — they say two-thirds — of the ninth-grade achievement gap in reading.
Why does this loss happen? … Read more