What is "summer learning loss"?

It's May and the mood at the academy is palpable, a mixture of exhaustion and excitement. Exams, end-of-the-year projects, school dances and games, plus a myriad of other activities have pushed our students to their limits. It seems everyone wants to share their summer plans. The beach, volleyball camp, visiting colleges, visiting relatives on the east coast. They can't wait for the chance to give their minds a break. But is this a good idea?

Over the past few decades, a growing body of research suggests not. In an effort to understand t