Summer Brain Drain Affecting Graduation Rates

May 29It’s called the “summer brain drain,” and it’s affecting students of all ages. During the long, hot months away from school, kids lose knowledge when they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer vacation.

On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills. This effect is magnified with low income students; about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years.

For students who do not continue their education throughout the summer undergo major repercussions of learning loss all the way up to high school. By not being able to fill skill gaps, it becomes more difficult for them to stay on track and fall behind. Over one million students in the class of 2010 failed to graduate with a high school diploma. Currently, the national graduation rate stands at a dismal 75 percent, due in part to the 15 million youth unsupervised after the school day ends and an additional 24 million in need of supervision during the summer.

The “summer brain drain” can be prevented by keeping kids learning — it is never too early or too late to start during the summer.  Omega Learning® Center offers highly effective summer programs that can ensure a strong academic foundation by improving core reading, math, and writing skills. Omega Learning® Center also have highly qualified certified teachers to help your student stay sharp this summer. By filling the skill gaps, teaching validated study skills, and providing your student to build vital critical thinking skills, Omega Learning® Center can bridge the gap for many students to succeed for the new school year.

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Source:http://www.newsusa.com/articles/article/summer-brain-drain-affecting-americas-graduation-rates.aspx

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