New research challenges idea of ‘summer learning loss’ | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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"As the Montgomery school system prepares to launch a pilot program for longer school years at two elementary schools, a new study challenges the pilot’s foundation that students from high-poverty families are more likely to regress academically in the summer months.

"In a study released Tuesday by EducationNext, a scholarly journal about education policy and reform, scholars counter the decades-old theory that students — especially minorities and those in poverty — are more apt to lose months’ worth of knowledge each summer.

"Paul von Hippel, a professor and scholar at The University of Texas, Austin, wrote that the study most widely used to support claims of summer learning loss, at more than 30 years old, is based on outdated test-scoring methods."