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.