Analysis: Schools Plan to Spend $3 Billion on Summer Programs to Fight Learning Loss. What That Will Look Like in 4,100 Districts

Analysis: Schools Plan to Spend $3 Billion on Summer Programs to Fight Learning Loss. What That Will Look Like in 4,100 Districts

Summer has traditionally been a time when students lose some of the skills they gained during the school year, a phenomenon known as summer slide that is particularly common among children living in poverty. But this year and next, school districts across the country are planning to use the summer months to help students recover the instructional time they lost during the pandemic.

With districts and charter schools required to spend at least 20% of their federal COVID relief aid on addressing learning loss, summer classes have emerged as the No. 1 strategy for academic recovery, measured by the number of districts planning to invest in them and the amount of money designated for these programs.

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