The COVID-19 Slide and the Future of Summer Learning

The COVID-19 Slide and the Future of Summer Learning - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 1PM MT


  • Karl Alexander, PhDAcademy Professor and John Dewey Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matthew Boulay, PhDFounder, National Summer Learning Association
  • Megan KuhfeldResearch Scientist, Collaborative for Student Growth at NWEA
  • Bethe TarasawaExecutive Vice President of Research, NWEA

Description: A recent NWEA report, The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement, confirms that “achievement typically slows or declines over the summer months with generally steeper declines for math than for reading, and the extent (proportionally) of loss increases in the upper grades.” Their report projects that with the COVID-19 crisis, students may return in Fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year, less than 50% of the learning gains in math, and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.

This coming summer will be more important than ever in helping kids recover from the current crisis. Join us for a webinar with the report authors, Beth Tarasawa and Megan Kuhfeld, who will present their findings. We will also be joined by NSLA founder, Matthew Boulay, and Karl Alexander, Professor Emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, for a discussion on what the current educational circumstances mean for the measurement and evaluation of academic outcomes, how we might address the needs of the most vulnerable youth, and what may be needed for next school year and summer 2021.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:00pm


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