The “summer slide”

In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks
July 21, 2014

It’s July, and students are returning after just five weeks of break. This public school is beginning a three-year experiment, running on a year-round schedule for the first time. The students will get the same number of school days as others in the district, just distributed differently: five weeks in the summer, three-week breaks in September and March, plus a winter holiday vacation.

A primary motivation for the change is to make sure kids don’t fall behind academically over the long summer break — a phenomenon known as the “summer slide.”

JOHNSEN: Cyrus, the assistant superintendent says, even if test scores don’t improve he still likes the idea of a year-round calendar. After all, the one we’ve got now is based on an agrarian lifestyle that most of us don’t live by.