"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.
"Paul von Hippel, a public affairs professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, says the claim by groups like the National Summer Learning Association is that kids lose two to three months of reading and math skills during the summer break. But through his own data analysis, he couldn’t verify that claim. Part of the problem, he says, is that stats about summer learning loss from decades ago have just been regurgitated over the years, despite new data showing a different perspective."