ERIC Number: ED470753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Summer School Programs: A Look at the Research, Implications for Practice, and Program Sampler. By Request Series.
Boss, Suzie; Railsback, Jennifer
For more than a decade, demand for summer school has been increasing nationwide. Currently, approximately 10 percent of all students--or 5 million students in elementary through high school--enroll in summer school. Increased demands may continue because of shifts in family dynamics with more single-parent families and more working parents in need of child care during summer months, concern among policymakers about global economic competitiveness and the need for an educated work force for the future, and emphasis on higher academic standards nationwide. Different types of summer programs include academic programs, enrichment programs, programs to serve special populations, and 21st century community learning centers. Some key research findings are that programs that focus on lessening or removing learning deficiencies, that focus on accelerated learning, and that provide small-group or individualized instruction have a positive effect on the knowledge and skills of students. Different strategies for effective delivery of summer instruction are presented, along with challenges that summer school may pose. Implications for program planners and coordinators, parents, and community partners are also discussed. This booklet concludes with a sampler of profiles of summer programs serving students in the Northwest region, and a list of reading and funding resources. (Contains 25 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Summer Programs, Summer Schools
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9500; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org. For full text: http://www.nwrel.org/request/2002sept/summerschool.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Published quarterly.