Mentoring Students to Prevent the ‘Summer Slide’
New research suggests that nearly all students lose a month or more of skills and knowledge over the summer break. However, not all kids are affected equally. Middle-class children who make trips to the library, travel and take classes, experience some slide in math but little in reading. Low-income students lose math abilities like their middle class counterparts. In addition, though, poor kids can lose between one and two months in reading achievement. One summer mentoring program in New York is working to ensure that everyone returns in the fall with the skills and knowledge they possessed the previous spring.