A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 30, 2018
Summer Slide (summer learning regression)

"Summer slide” is what school children forget as they leave school and June and return to school in September. Summer reading programs are often arranged to protect against a “summer slide.”

“How to Avoid A Summer Slide-Back” was the title of a lecture announced in a May 31, 1967 newspaper. “Eliminate Summer Slideback” by Joan Beck was an article published in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on June 1, 1967. “Summer Slide Back or Summer Lag” was printed in the Boston (MA) Globe on June 5, 1992. “Avoiding the summer slide: the importance of summer school to student achievement” was the title of a Congressional hearing in 2002.


31 May 1967, Anniston (AL) Star, “Church Kindergarten To Present Program, pg. 7-A, col. 1:
Frank Tatum will be introduced by Mrs. White as the speaker for the day, his subject to be “How to Avoid A Summer Slide-Back.”

1 June 1967, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Eliminate Summer Slideback” by Joan Beck, sec. 2, pg. 6, col. 1:
BETWEEN June and September, most school children suffer what teachers call “summer slideback.” Come Labor day, they can’t read quite as well as they did in June, particularly if they are 1st or 2d graders.

5 June 1992, Boston (MA) Globe, “Keep them reading all summer long” by Barbara F. Meltz, pg. 67, col. 4:
Later this month, on the last day of school at White Street Elementary in Springfield, fifth-grade teacher Kathy Nozzolillo will give each of her students a going-away gift, a a book to read over the summer.

It is part of Nozzolillo’s attempt to keep her students from falling victim to what researchers call the Summer Slide Back or Summer Lag, a phenomenon that strikes untold numbers of children who don’t read during the summer.

10 June 1993, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA), “Ready to Read” from Times wires, pg. 1T, col. 2:
Besides, you don’t want your kid suffering from Summer Slide Back.

No, it’s not a playground injury, but it could be just as hazardous to a kid’s well-being. Summer Slide Back is a phenomenon that strikes untold numbers of children who don’t read during the summer.

Research shows that by September, those students will have a reading level that is six months behind what it was in June.

29 June 1994, The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), “Parenting: Want to Stop Summer Slide? You need to read” by Barbara F. Meltz (Boston Globe), pg. 1C, col. 5:
Any teacher will tell you that getting our children to read during July and August is one of the most important jobs a parent has. Otherwise, a child may fall victim to Summer Slide Back, returning to school reading at a level six to 12 months behind where he or she was in June.

OCLC WorldCat record
Avoiding the summer slide : the importance of summer school to student achievement : hearing before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, on examining the importance of summer school to student achievement and well being, focusing on summer school cutbacks and implications of research policies and practices, June 21, 2002.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Publisher: Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. [Congressional Sales Office], 2003.
Series: United States.; Congress.; Senate.; S. hrg.
Edition/Format: eBook : National government publication : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Stop the Summer Reading Slide
Author: Meg Lundstrom
Publisher: Scholastic. 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. Tel: 800-724-6527; Tel: 866-436-2455; Web site: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/subscribe.asp
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Instructor, v114 n8 p20-22, 24, 26 May-Jun 2005
Summary:
When teachers wave goodbye to their students as they head off for summer vacation, they might just be bidding farewell to some of their hard-won gains in reading skills. The “summer slide” is well-documented by research: Unless students read regularly during the break, they fall behind about three months in their reading achievement. This article presents several strategies on how to keep students reading throughout the summer vacation

OCLC WorldCat record
The summer slide : what we know and can do about summer learning loss
Author: Karl L Alexander; Sarah Pitcock; Matthew Boulay
Publisher: New York, NY : Teachers College Press, 2016.
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English
Summary:
Provides authoritative examination of summer learning loss, featuring contributions by scholars and practitioners at the forefront of the movement to understand the “summer slide”. The contributors provide an account of what research has to say about summer learning loss, the conditions in low-income communities that impede learning over the summer months, and best practices in summer programming.

EdSurge
What Summer Slide Actually Means—and 5 Ways to Fight it
By Ariel Goldberg     Jul 12, 2018
Last September, a friend from graduate school forwarded me a Brookings Institute article written by David M. Quinn and Morgan Polikoff. The article begins with a series of disappointing—but unsurprising—statistics about the summer slide, a term used to describe the academic regression experienced by students over the summer.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Monday, July 30, 2018 • Permalink