In my previous blog post, I discussed how educational funding cuts often force schools to reduce or eliminate funding for education reform efforts that would improve schools such as extended learning programs. One such program that many schools have been forced to reduce or eliminate is their summer school program.
Most students are more than ready for that welcome summer vacation, but research has shown that for many their language and math skills deteriorate over the summer months. Over 100 years of research shows that students typically lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
I can recall the time when any student who chose to attend summer school could attend. But now, due to reduced funding, many schools only allow students who are high risk or need extensive intervention to attend. What about those students who have mathematics knowledge gaps or struggle with certain concepts and skills, but don’t meet the criteria for summer school? Or what about students who want to get a jump on learning for next year? How can your school provide a summer learning program that supports all of these students?
There are a number of free online math games and resources available for students to use during the summer months. While students may enjoy playing the games, they may not provide targeted, guided instruction, and they may not be aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
This summer, offering an online virtual summer school program that is both aligned to rigorous standards along with relevant content and best practices, that also targets individual student’s needs is a viable option for ALL of your students. And unlike traditional summer school, your school can implement this program virtually free!
It’s as simple as this: Sign up for our free 60-day LearnBop school trial and use it with all your students over the summer. Those students that are enrolled in traditional summer school can use it to support their classroom instruction. For other students, teachers can assign the guided tutorials for individual students to complete at their own pace and readily available reports help track students’ learning progress and performance.
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