The Importance Of Summer Learning Loss

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Summer Learning Loss
School serves a variety of purposes in society, from providing the foundation for students to gain critical knowledge that they will need before they enter the real world to creating a place for students to interact and learn how to build relationships with one another. The very foundation of the human race’s dominance or superiority over all other species in life is the intellectual knowledge we have obtained over a period of time. With that in mind it is very important that we as a human race continue to acquire knowledge to maintain our place at the top of the food chain. In our society school serves as the medium for young people to gain knowledge. In America, it is mandatory for every citizen or child to attend
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There are various reasons as to why students lose knowledge from the previous school year but most attribute this to the prolonged period during which young students are outside of a structured learning environment (Cann, Karakaplan, Lubke, & Rowland, 2014). Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer (Peters, 2015). Summer learning loss can simply be defined as knowledge lost while on summer vacation every school …show more content…
The most obvious way is to administer a standardized test to determine whether or not students are experiencing summer learning loss. Students are given the same test once at the beginning of their summer vacation and another at the end of their summer vacation. These test scores are then compared against each other to determine if the second test given at the end of the summer vacation matches the one from the beginning of the summer vacation. “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” (Klein,

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