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Waco ISD begins summer school with hopes of closing learning gaps

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:12 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) -School districts are working to get back on track this summer after the pandemic created learning gaps for students.

“Been learning capitalization and new words,” 5th grader Alyia said.

In Waco, many students are spending time at “Camp Thrive” summer school.

The summer school program puts an emphasis on reading and math, two subjects where students have shown the greatest learning loss.

“Lots of learning loss for our students, especially those who have continued to do remote learning throughout the school year,” Karmen Logan, Waco ISD Executive Director for Elementary Education, said.

“Two and a half hours of their day in summer school is spent in reading, having kids read, and working with teachers on reading. An hour and a half of their day is also spent on math.”

By making the summer programs fun for the children with themes, small groups, and awards, they are hoping to erase those learning gaps.

“They are teaching it in a more exciting way, a way you learn it faster,” 5th grader Reydi said.

The district says they are already seeing improvement with children showing more interest.

Also, they are tracking student’s progress along the way.

“We did end-of-year assessments on students in both reading and math, and at the end of summer school, we will post test those students in reading and math and look specifically in certain areas,” Logan said.

Logan says with the hard work of her teachers, she’s confident in the results when all is said and done.

She also tells KWTX the district is hoping to take some ideas from this summer school program to use in the fall to help get kids excited about school and use different techniques to help them learn.

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