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August 20, 2019
These free New York summer schools for English learners are in demand
Roughly 7,500 New York City children attended free summer programs that are designed to help multilingual students continue developing their language.
June 27, 2019
Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers
Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" serves English language learners and students struggling with reading — with free activities for siblings, too.
April 27, 2018
Week in review: How to build a successful school if you’ve never worked in one
We took an inside look this week at a new program that aims to tackle one of the major impediments to creating great…
April 24, 2018
Detroit district adding grades K-2 to summer school to help youngest students boost reading scores
For the first time in years, the Detroit district summer school program will start in kindergarten. District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti recommended…
Summer in the city
June 30, 2016
One in five students at struggling schools forced to attend summer school
About 19 percent of students in the city's low-performing "Renewal" schools must attend summer schools, compared to 6 percent citywide.
Making the grade
July 1, 2015
After rule changes, fewer students held back, sent to summer school
The number of students headed to summer classes has fallen to its lowest level in six years and the share of students held back a grade has declined by half.
summer school wait
June 23, 2015
Budget cuts shut 198 Shelby County high schoolers out of summer school
More students than ever sought summer school spots, but declining enrollment overall meant the district had to cut its spending by 35 percent.
June 17, 2015
Low-income students stand to lose more with summer learning loss
"Summer slide" is real, but many programs that combat summer learning loss face an uncertain future in Shelby County.
June 10, 2015
Record summer meals distribution expected in Memphis
Organizers with Shelby County Schools expect community partners to hand out 650,000 lunches to hungry children this summer — an increase of 50,000 over last year.
Updated June 9, 2015
Fewer summer school course offerings leave Shelby County students on a waitlist
Shelby County Schools' summer school registration closes with a wait list of 200 students and many parents worrying whether their children will get the courses they need.
June 4, 2015
Shelby County Schools moves to online registration
Weary of long registration lines and last-minute enrollees, Tennessee's largest public school district makes the digital switch to address enrollment hassles.
Summer in the city
July 15, 2014
Fariña talks future of Summer Quest on visit to Bronx school
Chancellor Carmen Fariña met with students, administrators, and even a few chickens on a visit to a summer enrichment program at P.S. 154 in the South Bronx on Tuesday. Fariña was there to promote Summer Quest, a free, five-week program that seeks to stem summer learning loss in Brooklyn and the South Bronx.
July 3, 2014
Summer school enrollment falls sharply after city reduces role of state tests
The steep decline comes less than three months after officials announced they were changing grade promotion standards put in place by the Bloomberg administration during a decade-long push to ban “social promotion.”
April 2, 2014
City set to overhaul promotion policy, though specifics are few and far between
The city is poised to revamp how it decides whether a student should be promoted to the next grade, lowering the stakes of the state math and English tests in the wake of new pressure from state lawmakers.
August 20, 2013
NYC summer program cuts testing to weigh learning benefits
Jennifer Rosario (right), a social worker with Partnership with Children, teaches students from the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media to make smoothies. An ambitious pilot to stem summer learning loss for low-income New York City students wrapped up its second year this month. But officials will have to wait a little longer before they can tell for sure how much it's working. When the pilot, called NYC Summer Quest, began last summer, city education officials wanted to test students to measure how much the gap narrowed by after finishing the five-week program. They asked schools to give the students an extra set of tests at the end and beginning of the school year. But it didn't work out as planned. Principals in participating schools quickly pointed out that June and September were too hectic to make their highest-need children sit for more tests. "It was really hard on the schools," said Ali Tan, Summer Quest's program director at the Department of Education.
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