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Teachers Lose Ground Over Summer Break

Teachers Lose Ground Over Summer Break

Teachers are tired of backtracking after summer break. It takes them weeks to reacquaint students with the previous year’s skills after they have been out of school for the summer, according to a survey of more than 500 teachers that was released. The survey from the National Summer Learning Association found that it takes two-thirds of teachers about three to four weeks to re-teach the information, while another 24 percent said it takes them five weeks or more. Gary Huggins, the NSLA’s chief executive said students who spend time reading or attending summer learning programs can avoid much of the learning loss. The Virginia Department of Education has launched a “Virginia is for Lovers of Summer Learning” campaign, with information about where students can access learning activities when they’re out of school.