Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effectiveness of summer school in halting summer learning loss and increasing student achievement: A mixed-methods study
by Daly, Cynthia J., Ed.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2014, 144; 3643056
Abstract (Summary)

Low-income children lose academic skills over the summertime months when they are not given learning opportunities. The loss of academic skills over the summertime months supports the widening of the achievement gap. This mixed-methods study examines the effectiveness of summer school in halting summer learning loss and increasing student achievement. A paired samples t-test and an independent t-test were used to analyze reading and math scores of students in summer school and students not in summer school. Teachers' perceptions were gathered through an open-ended survey and interviews. Themes that emerged showed reading inadequacy is the main reason students are referred to summer school, teachers lack knowledge about what curriculum is used in summer school and what content areas are available to students, and there is a lack of communication between summer school and traditional school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curtis, Heidi
Commitee: Farris, Ann, Kellerer, Paula, Zickefoose, Gale
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Curriculum development
Keywords: Learning loss, Low-income children, Poverty, Student achievement, Summer learning loss, Summer school
Publication Number: 3643056
ISBN: 9781321303360
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