Research shows that summer school programs that provide individualized instruction are more effective than those that do not.
Many school districts, however, lack the resources to provide content, instructional technology, and pace of learning that are based upon the abilities and interest of each learner.
Online learning programs that offer one-size-fits-all courses won’t help — especially since the online learning environment can be a particular challenge for students with the very sorts of challenges that made summer school necessary in the first place.
What’s the solution? Teacher-led courses and tiered support for students who need extra support — offering one-on-one help, differentiated instruction, high-quality instruction and aligned curricula.
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Source: McCombs, J. et al. (2011) Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning. RAND