Don’t let your child’s summer ‘slide’ away:
How to select summer programs
Is your child behind grade level or struggling in school?
Research commissioned by the Wallace Foundation for educational leadership shows that all students lose skills over the summer. However, “Summer Learning Loss” contributes substantially to the achievement gap for students who are struggling or already working below grade level.
Research has documented that summer learning programs can reduce learning losses and even lead to achievement gains. Some longitudinal studies conclude that the effects of a summer learning program can endure for at least two years after the student’s participation (Jacob and Lefgren, 2004; Matsudaira, 2008; and McCombs, Kirby, and Mariano, 2009).
How can you help your child succeed and improve skills this summer?
The first step is to find a high-quality summer program that meets your child’s needs. Summer programs come in many shapes and sizes. Research studies show that effective, high-quality programs provide:
- Structured instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. Instruction should be consistent with state and local content standards and match students’ academic needs.
- Curriculum with research-backed evidence to improve learning
- Adequate intensity and duration of instruction: Expert opinion on the optimal length of a summer program varies (McCombs et al., 2011); however, it appears a minimum of five weeks may be a good and realistic guideline to maximize academic time on task.
- Certified teachers providing academic instruction: Academic instructors should hold the appropriate certification and be selected because of their interest in and appropriateness for summer instruction of students with learning difficulties. Research confirms that teacher quality has the largest school-based impact on student outcomes (Sanders and Rivers, 1996; Wright, Horn, and Sanders, 1997; Sanders and Horn, 1998; Rowan, Correnti, and Miller, 2002; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005).
- Lower student-to-adult ratios than those in the regular school year. Lower ratios permit more attention to the needs of individual students.
- Enrichment activities to supplement academic content. Enrichment activities often involve music, art, sports, and community service and may entail reading and writing.
Students who attend summer programs have better outcomes than similar peers who do not attend summer programs.
RITES’ Summer Academics fulfill all the above criteria
Click here for more details on specific programs. Not sure which is best for your child? Contact us at RI Tutorial, so we can help your child make academic gains this summer in our proven, effective, high-quality programs.
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Register by May 31 to ensure availability.