Two-thirds of teachers polled in a recent survey said they spend at least a month reteaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.
The survey by the National Summer Learning Association asked 500 teachers how much time they typically spend teaching students skills they should have learned and retained from the previous grade. Nearly one-fourth said they devote at least five to six weeks at the beginning of the new school year going over the material, while two-thirds claimed at least three to four weeks of reteaching.
Existing research shows summer learning gaps disproportionately affect low-income students.
A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as Reteaching an Issue After Summer Break