Studies have shown that kids’ lose part of their valuable learning during the summer. This phenomenon is known as the summer slump. For most children, summer means less time engaged in education pursuits.

According to Psychology Today, a 2007 study at Johns Hopkins University of a nationally-representative sample found that the achievement gap at 9th grade mainly traces to differences in summer learning during the elementary school years. An additional 2011 study found that students can lose up to two grade levels of reading skills due to summer loss by the time they reach sixth grade.

The evidence clearly demonstrates that summer learning loss is a problem. So, what are some evidence-based solutions? 

A 2013 Harvard University meta-analysis found that reading interventions for children in K-8 improved reading outcomes. Kids who learned in a classroom setting and at home both experienced improvements. 

An additional 2018 study shoed that 6 and 7 year-olds who participated in a structured reading program showed no signs of summer reading loss. To improve and prevent summer reading loss, the Journal of Organized and Education Learnership recommends targeting students who are struggling and create a routine that requires students to practice and build of skills over the summer.

The evidence is clear: children forget skills and knowledge learned in the previous school year. If families and educators encourage kids to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer and get kids involved in a reading program, they can significantly prevent reading loss. Not only will students maintain their knowledge, they will improve it. 

Consider signing your child up for reading or math tutoring this summer, or enroll your child in one of our summer camps. The Learning Center wants to help your child build confidence in their learning that will ultimately improve their grades. To get more information on our tutoring or camps, fill out this form or email us at

Savanna Garrity