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Too much going on today! I'm eager to think about 'teacher boredom' and ed reform . . . plus I have a terrific email from a teacher on the subject of summer regression that needs a few identifying details deleted before I can post --- and I have a life beyond this bliki, too, or at least I used to. But all that can wait!
good source of information (pdf file) on summer regression.
Tilley, Cox, and Staybrook47 studied summer regression in achievement for students receiving no educational services for three months. They found that most students experience some regression during the summer recess. Cooper et al.48 reviewed 39 such studies and found that achievement test scores do indeed decline over the summer vacation. Their meta-analysis revealed that the summer loss equaled about one month on a grade-level equivalent scale, or one tenth of a standard deviation relative to spring test scores. The effect of summer break was more detrimental for math than for reading and most detrimental for math computation and spelling. Also, middle-class students appeared to gain on grade-level equivalent reading recognition tests over summer while lower-class students lost on them. Possible explanations for the findings included the differential availability of opportunities to practice different academic material over summer (reading is much more easily practiced than mathematics) and differences in the materialís susceptibility to forgetting (factual knowledge is more easily forgotten than conceptual knowledge).
The critical points bear repeating:
Think about it. One month's loss, for kids who are already at least a year behind their peers in high-achieving countries. I think it's important to keep up your child's math skills in the summer! (Carolyn and I have been brain-storming ways to use KTM to help-----) TO BE CONTINUED
SummerSupplementTimePart4 (resources for kids who have fallen behind)
SummerSupplementTimePart5 (resources for preventing summer regression)
Summer Supplement Time
linking decline in high school scores to elementary school
research on summer regression
the time costs of not teaching to mastery
U.S. fourth graders not doing as well as thought
Phase 4 topic list, grade 6 class
comments thread on pre-algebra as algebra
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