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Document Number: 5300

Summer School: Research-based Recommendations for Policymakers - This paper begins with an overview listing future trends predicting an increase in summer school enrollment by American students, including the changing structure of the American family, the pressures of remaining globally competitive and the increasing emphasis on higher academic standards. The author discusses the historical roots of the current nine-month school calendar and the problem of summer learning loss associated with it, before touching on the concept of summer school and its overall goals. The author examines the effectiveness of summer programs and discusses the ramifications these findings have for crafting effective future policies and practices. The author concludes that despite the differing levels of benefit that various summer programs hold for separate segments of the student population, overall their value is positive. (Harris Cooper, SERVE, 2001)...

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