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Media MentionJune 11, 2019

Research shows fears about kids’ learning loss over the summer were overblown

Some parents and teachers worry that, during the summer, kids will forget much of what they learned during the school year. But new research shows that those fears may not be based on fact, especially when it comes to learning loss for kids who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

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Media MentionJune 10, 2019

How does summer learning really affect students' academic achievement?

Differences in summer enrichment between poor and wealthy students may not contribute much to long-term achievement gaps, according to a new analysis. Researcher Paul von Hippel set out to replicate the landmark 1982 Beginning School Study, which tracked more than 800 Baltimore schoolchildren from kindergarten through grade 8. That study found reading achievement gaps between high- and low-poverty schools widened each summer, ultimately tripling the size of their reading gaps from the start of primary school to the end of middle school in 1990. 

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Media MentionJune 7, 2019

Heard about the summer slide? University of Texas researcher cannot prove learning gap is true

Parents, what I’m about to tell you might blow your mind. The “summer slide” — that idea that kids lose a month or two of learning in the summer if they don’t practice reading and math — probably isn’t real.

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Media MentionJune 6, 2019

Summer slide: Fact or fiction?

For decades parents have fretted over the dreaded "summer slide." Kids forgetting almost everything they've learned while enjoying their break from school. A University of Texas professor looked into the theory and found something interesting.

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Media MentionJune 5, 2019

UT Professor: 'Summer slide' may not be as much of a problem as schools think

A UT Austin professor says summer learning loss may not be as much of a concern as parents and teachers have previously thought. "Those claims are based on a single study from the 1980s," said Paul von Hippel of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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NewsJune 4, 2019

Is summer learning loss real?

It's that time of year again — we'll soon hear warnings about summer learning loss, which disproportionately affects low-income students and is responsible for an astounding two-thirds of the achievement gap by the end of eighth grade. These stories are remarkable. But the most remarkable thing about them is that they may not be true, says the LBJ School's Paul von Hippel.

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Media MentionJune 4, 2019

New Research Challenges Idea of ‘Summer Learning Loss’

In a study released Tuesday by Education Next, 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.

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Media MentionJune 4, 2019

New study: Summer learning slide is not as steep as we thought

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. 

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Media MentionJune 4, 2019

New research challenges idea of ‘summer learning loss’

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.

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NewsMay 30, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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