As summer school planning swings into full gear, K-12 districts and schools are looking for proven ways to close achievement gaps, combat summer learning loss, and propel students to higher learning. According to a 2011 study by RAND® Education, “Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning,” there are a number of practices that are associated with improved student outcomes in summer programs, such as creating smaller class sizes, providing individualized instruction, and maximizing students’ attendance. Another practice that can boost summer learning is providing engaging, rigorous programming that goes beyond “drill-and-kill” instruction and gives students learning experiences...
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