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Take-Home Laptops Help Curve the Summer Slide


Summer slide sounds like a fun hot-weather adventure, but it is a real learning condition that teachers know all too well.

The Colorado Department of Education describes the summer slide as, “The tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.”

Researchers from John Hopkins University tracked a group of students from 1st grade until they were 22 years old. They concluded that most of the 9th grade reading achievement gap could be attributed to the lack of summer learning opportunities during elementary school.

Some schools are hoping to lessen the blow of the summer slide by allowing students to take home school-assigned laptop computers during the summer months. Having a computer available, something that low-income students may not have access to otherwise, allowed students to complete summer studies and stay connected through school-related emails.

As is the case during the school year, students are responsible for lost or damaged computers.

Does your school allow students to take home school-issued laptops during the summer?