New study: Summer learning slide is not as steep as we thought | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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"A new study questions the belief and the dire warnings that the achievement gap between rich and poor kids widens over the summer and can only be narrowed by summer learning opportunities. 

"Yes, students may get a bit rusty when they’re out of school for 10 or 11 weeks, but the achievement gap, as measured by the difference in test scores between advantaged and disadvantaged students, doesn’t grow, according to Paul von Hippel, an associate professor  at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin."