(NAPSI)—Summer vacations can be a wonderful time to relax and enjoy warm weather, summer camps and family vacations. However, these lengthy gaps spent away from the educational environment could negatively impact a student’s academic progress. Researchers who study education call this phenomenon “summer slide “—the tendency for students to lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year once summer arrives, when they are no longer in a structured academic environment.
Time away from school does not just mean progress stops. For many students, they may lose some of the progress they have made. By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave students 2.5 to three years behind their peers. Summer learning loss in the elementary school years alone accounts for at least half of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap.
One of the best ways to combat the summer slide is a team effort made by teachers, parents and students themselves. However, Americans have mixed feelings about summer slide, as well as how to address it. In a recent University of Phoenix® College of Education survey of American adults, 61 percent of respondents agree that it is important that children be involved in an educational summer program while school is out during summer break. However, when asked whether it is appropriate for schools to provide assignments for students to complete while school is out on summer break, nearly half of respondents (48 percent) said that it is not appropriate, while only 37 percent said it is appropriate.
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