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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Camp Aims To Prevent Learning Loss

A student at the final recital at MECA Summer Day Camp in Houston, Texas. (Randall Pugh/Flickr)

A student at the final recital at MECA Summer Arts Day Camp in Houston, Texas. (Randall Pugh/Flickr)

For kids who haven’t been flexing their brain muscles over the summer, they may be a bit rusty when school starts up.

A recent study by John Hopkins University found that by ninth grade, summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income students and their more well-to-do peers.

The study also found that summer learning loss can affect whether a child ultimately graduates high school, or drops out.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF in Houston reports on a summer camp with the goal of making sure students don’t fall behind.

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