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Making Summer Count

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (7480)

     During summer vacation, many students lose knowledge and skills. By the end of the summer, students perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring. Of course, not all students experience "average" losses. Summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students. While all students lose some ground in mathematics, low-income students lose more ground in reading, while their higher-income peers may even gain. Most disturbing is that the summer learning loss is cumulative; over time the difference between the summer learning rates of low-income and higher-income students contribute substantionally to the achievement gap.

     Because many students lose learning over the summer and some students need more time on task to master content, participation in summer learning programs should mitigate learning loss and even produce achievemet gains. Indeed, educators and policy makers are increasingly promoting summer learning as a key strategy to improving the achievement of low-performing students. In 2009, a John Hopkins University-based center for summer learning became an independent organization, the National Summer Learning Association, providing resources, guidance, and expertise to the summer learning community. In 2010, President Obama noted, "Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year, during the summer." Earlier that year, Michelle Obama launched "United We Serve: Let's Read, Let's Move," a program that encourages Americans to fight the summer reading gap, acknowledging that youth who do not read during the summer can lose months of academic progress.

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The Importance of Afterschool!

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (474)

On school days, the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.
Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity.
Parents with children in afterschool programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences and are more productive at work.



We Have To Do Better!

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (378)

High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science.

Out-of-field teachers

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (408)

In schools made up of 75% or more low-income students, there are 3 times the number of out-of-field teachers than in wealthier school districts.

College: You decide

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (432)

In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.


Teacher quality!?

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (511)

Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14% of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33% leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50% leave by their 5th year.

Reading is the key!

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (360)

A 3rd grade student who reads at the appropriate reading level compared to a 3rd grade student who does not is 4 times more likely to graduate by age 19. Furthermore, a student living in poverty is 13 times less likely to graduate on time.

Billions lost

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (814)

If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.

HS Graduation Rate

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (388)

1.3 million high school students don't graduate on time yearly. States with highest rates (80-89%) are Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. States with lowest (less than 60%) are Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and S. Carolina

Internet inequality

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (615)

97% of low-income students rely on school for Internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school.