ERIC Number: ED472450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Summer School and Summer Learning, 2002: Progress and Challenges.
Denton, David R.
In June 2002, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) adopted a new set of goals for the 21st century. Those goals included reaching every student, from preschool to high school, to ensure that achievement exceeds national averages and that performance gaps are closed. According to this brief report, research clearly shows that quality summer programs for struggling students are essential to closing those gaps. This report describes the efforts in 2002 by several states and local schools to maintain and improve their summer programs. It begins with a recap of an earlier SREB report, "Summer School: Unfilled Promise" (June 2002). This report includes successes, failures, and practices. In states with strict standards for promotion and graduation, summer school gives students a fair chance to succeed. Students who repeat grades are more likely to drop out of school eventually. Between 40 percent and 50 percent of students who participate in high-quality summer programs can be expected to improve their performance to passing levels. The report concludes that summers without meaningful learning doom some students to failure. (Contains two tables.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Year, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Program Effectiveness, School Schedules, State Programs, State Standards, Summer Programs, Summer Schools, Virtual Classrooms, Year Round Schools
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/srr/pubs/Summer_School-Nov_2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.