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Is Summer Vacation On the Way Out?

On July 2, 2013, in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Summer vacation is an American tradition like turkey on Thanksgiving. But American students are falling behind in the global education/skills marketplace—and summer vacation could be part of the problem.

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The Socioeconomic “Achievement Gap” is Widening

On June 25, 2013, in online learning, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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It is by and large accepted that all students experience learning loss if they don’t participate in learning activities for a period of time. But students from lower-income families seem to lose more academic skills over the summer than peers with higher socioeconomic status.

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Smarter Summers Initiative Shows Strong First-Year Results

On January 31, 2012, in General, In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Why do middle school students have a special need for high-quality summer learning? According to NSLA’s website, “Middle school is a time of great risk for children, especially those who are low-income. Summer learning loss contributes to dismal middle-school indicators, causing low-income students to lag as much as 2.5 years behind their higher-income peers by the end of fifth grade.