Impact #5: Academic Learning Loss
The following article and podcast is from the Stanford Graduate School of Education’s award-winning podcast and SiriusXM satellite radio series, School’s In, which explores current issues in education.
‘Summer slide’ meets COVID-19
Parents and teachers often worry about what’s known as “summer slide” or “summer melt,” a phenomenon in which kids are believed to lose some of what they learned during the school year over their summer break.
What does the latest research show about whether or how much students actually fall behind during a gap in learning? And if students do experience some loss, what can schools do to alleviate the impact?
On this episode of School’s In, Thomas Dee, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, joined GSE Dean Dan Schwartz and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope to talk about the concept of summer slide, as well as new findings from his research into a summer program for middle school students at San Francisco Unified School District.
You’re welcome to click below to listen to the entire 28-min podcast—or skip to the 8-min mark or 20-min mark for key parts of the conversation.
“The COVID Slide”
By the Numbers
On average, students will experience substantial drops in reading and math, losing roughly three months’ worth of gains in reading and five months’ worth of gains in math.
Source: COVID-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being Edutopia | Youki Terada
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