Pervasiveness and Magnitude of Summer Learning Loss

20 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2019

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Joseph Workman

University of Missouri at Kansas City

Joseph Merry

Furman University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 30, 2019

Abstract

Among American elementary school students we assess the prevalence and magnitude of summer learning loss: what percentage of students return to school in the fall with lower skills than they had in the spring and on average how much students’ skills decline. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort of 2011, we find during the first two summers of schooling most students experience some loss in their skills. On average, students’ skills decline approximately 4-6% of what they had learned the previous school year. We find the magnitude of summer learning loss is less substantial than previous estimates.

Keywords: Summer Setback, Student Learning, Summer Learning Loss

Suggested Citation

Workman, Joseph and Merry, Joseph, Pervasiveness and Magnitude of Summer Learning Loss (January 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3325590 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3325590

Joseph Workman (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

Joseph Merry

Furman University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Greenville, SC 29613
United States

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