Summer learning loss is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over summer holidays. A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning.
The loss of knowledge and educational skills during the summer months is cumulative over the course of a student's career and further widens the achievement gap between low- and upper-income students, according to a RAND Corporation study.
The study confirms that students who attend summer programs can disrupt the educational loss and do better in school than peers who do not attend the same programs.Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2011.
90% of teachers believed students forgot content knowledge over the school holidays
74% of teachers believed that time was spent revising content at the beginning of the school year
The median amount of time that teachers thought was spent on revision when students return to school was 3 weeks.
The students reported that the subjects they found most difficult upon return were Math and Science.
The majority of teachers valued digital content that directly relates to the curriculum