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The Importance of Summer Learning for K-12 Students



As a K-12 teacher or school administrator, you know how important it is to provide students with a solid educational foundation. During the summer months, many students tend to forget what they’ve learned throughout the school year and as a result, academic progress can suffer. Summer learning gives students an opportunity to review topics covered previously and tap into new knowledge that can help them succeed in future classes. Research shows that it helps students excel academically and emotionally, as well as setting them up for college and career readiness. Read on to learn why this kind of programming is so critical, and how Progress Learning can help.

Benefits of Summer Learning for K-12 Students

Summer learning programs provide a wide array of benefits for students in grades K-12. Beyond preventing the loss of academic skills over the summer, these programs allow students to expand their knowledge in fun and engaging ways. Summer learning can boost students’ academic performance for the coming school year and improve their confidence in the classroom. Perhaps more importantly, it can help students develop a lifelong love of learning. Whether in a classroom or on a field trip, summer learning is an excellent way for students to stay engaged and motivated while making the most of their summer break.

Bridging Educational Gaps

The achievement gap between students from different socio-economic backgrounds is a persistent issue in our education system. However, summer learning programs offer a glimmer of hope in bridging this divide. By providing educational opportunities during a time when children may not typically be engaged in academic activities, these programs can help level the playing field for students from low-income households. In particular, for children who might not have access to educational resources during the summer months, these programs can be crucial in keeping them on track and preventing learning loss. By investing in summer learning, we can work toward creating a more equitable education system where all students have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Preparing Students for College and the Workforce

Summer learning provides students with the opportunity to continue their education beyond the walls of traditional classrooms. Not only does it allow them to delve deeper into subjects that they may not have had time for during the academic year, but it also helps prepare them for the challenges they will face in college and the workforce. By participating in summer programs, students gain valuable skills such as time management, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Summer learning can be a stepping stone for students looking to excel in their academic and professional lives.

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer learning doesn’t have to mean sitting in a classroom. Nowadays, there are lots of summer learning options available. Online edtech platforms are a great way for students to review what they learned the previous year from the comfort of their own home. For hands-on learning, taking a field trip to a local museum or park can be fun and educational. And for students who need a little extra help, virtual tutoring sessions can provide one-on-one support and guidance.

Progress Learning Supports Summer Learning 

Progress Learning is an innovative and powerful edtech tool that thousands of schools across the country have used for their summer school and tutoring programs. Our unique platform provides students with a personalized learning experience that helps them achieve standards mastery at every grade level. Best of all, our platform is accessible from anywhere, giving students the freedom to engage in their studies wherever they are.

For on-grade-level students, Progress Learning can be used to review and supplement standards covered over the previous school year. Teachers can assign practice or direct students to their “Study Plan” where they can work independently. Students who have already mastered on-grade-level standards can easily switch to additional subjects or grade levels to enrich their learning and take on new challenges.

For below-grade-level students, teachers can assign diagnostic testing to determine where they stand. Immediately after the assessment, teachers can assign remediation with just a click using our Quick Click Remediation. In addition, we offer our adaptive intervention program, Liftoff, for students in 2nd to 8th grade. Liftoff works in vertical alignment and helps identify each student’s foundational skill gaps, not just the ones from the previous year. This approach helps fix the root of the problem and enables students to build on their knowledge from the ground up.

We believe that it takes a village to help students grow, which is why we also offer family resources that students can take home. These resources encourage families to get involved in the learning process, ensuring that students stay on track and avoid falling behind during the summer months. With Progress Learning, students have the tools and support they need to excel over the summer.

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