Summer Learning, Summer Melt, and a Salutatorian

June 1, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 coverage discusses summer learning gaps and the limits of universal screening. Solutions for supporting college students with financial need are a focus of higher education events and articles.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Two new studies show that the summer learning gap between the lower and middle classes may be narrowing while the rich surge ahead of everyone,” explains The Hechinger Report.
  • Chalkbeat also looks at the summer learning research and notes: “More affluent kids are about twice as likely to visit a museum, art gallery, or historical site or see a play or concert over the summer, as compared with their peers from low-income families.”
  • Universal screening is one strategy for diversifying gifted programs, but it can still lead to under-identification for students from low-income families, reports the York Daily Record. “A child who was unable to afford to attend preschool or who comes from a home where English is not spoken as the first language, for example, may have the same IQ as their wealthier peers but still not score as highly on the achievement test.”


Higher Education:

  • “It’s 2018 and the higher education innovation that I decided to spend my time with you on today is food.” Watch Sara Goldrick-Rab’s full remarks at The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum.
  • Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart is leading “realistic solutions” for supporting students with financial need, writes The Atlantic.
  • Inside Higher Ed describes how personalized communications to students and their families can help enrollment teams prevent summer melt and ensure that students show up on the first day of classes.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner Hannah Duncan’s musical accomplishments are highlighted in The Gazette. Her performance on NPR’s “From the Top” is scheduled to air Sunday, June 3.