The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement

Author(s): Kufeld, Megan; Tarasawa, Beth

Date: 2020

Pages: 7 p.

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closes schools across the nation, education systems are scrambling to meet the needs of schools, families, and 55.1 million studentsi during these unprecedented times. The economic impacts and trauma of recent events will also have far reaching effects that will likely exacerbate long-standing opportunity gaps. While it is difficult to speculate on what missing months of school may mean for student achievement, research on seasonal learning
and summer learning loss can offer some insights that can help educators, policy makers, and families
understand, plan for, and address some potential impacts of this extended pause in classroom instruction when students return to school.

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