Schools out! The bell rings, concluding the last day of school, and the students rush towards the buses. Students eagerly share their summer plans with their friends -- summer camp, countless trips to the beach, a day trip to an amusement park, endless play dates, perhaps some traveling, and some lazy days at home. Summer is a time for fun, games, and relaxation. Summer means NO SCHOOL, but should learning end on the last day of school? Year after year, it does. Worse, students lose between 20 and 50 percent of their school year achievement gains over summer break, returning to school in the fall with far fewer skills than they left with.
1. The summer slide is often associated with the summer reading gap, but it actually affects student math skills more severely.
The charts above are based on data from the 2015 NWEA MAP Normatives Report. The chart on the left shows the change in RIT score for students performing at the 50th percentile from Spring to Fall, demonstrating loss of skills over the summer months. The chart on the right illustrates similar changes for students performing at the 99th percentile.
I know its just anxiety. Just anxiety. That’s a bit of an oxymoron. There’s no such thing as Just Anxiety. I know it’s anxiety. I can recognize that. That doesn’t make it better - doesn’t make it easier -- doesn’t make it go away. I know what I should do - what I need to do -- but it doesn’t matter much right now. I need to push forward. I need to do this.
It’s just a test. No, it’s not a test. As I’ve said so many times before, it’s an assessment -- an evaluation. It can’t be passed. It can’t be failed. But, for me, it can. It is. It’s about passing or failing. I need to join Mensa -- to run for the position of gifted child coordinator, a position that I desperately want. But, that’s not all.
It is an age-based assessment. If your child is 5 years old, (s)he will take the CogAT level 5. If your child is 7 years old, (s)he will take the CogAT level 7. Your child’s school may choose to administer an above-level assessment to identify children for a gifted and talented program. The school may also choose to administer a below-level assessment to assess students suspected of learning disabilities. To find out, ask your school's guidance counselor.