Summer school isn’t just for struggling students

SAVAGE, Minn. (AP) — Summer school isn’t just for struggling students.

Educators say the summer break can be a time for nourishing students’ interests and establishing new ones. One example is the Gifted and Talented Institute, a series of summer classes offered by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community education in collaboration with other south metro school districts.

Gary Huggins, CEO of the Baltimore-based National Summer Learning Association, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/14T74kE ) that students who sit idle over the summer lose, on average, two months of grade-level math skills. Low-income students can lose more than two months of reading skills while their more affluent counterparts often make slight gains.

Two-thirds of teachers the institute surveyed say they spend up to a month reteaching skills students lose over the summer break.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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