Examining Student and Teacher Math Learning: Lessons from Three Summer Programs
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- In all three summer programs, students’ grades the semester after the program showed large improvements, but evidence of changes in growth mindset or confidence was minimal.
- Teachers made use of new instructional practices they had learned while delivering the programs, suggesting summer programs can be learning labs for new practices.
- The three summer programs identified lessons on teacher training, program monitoring, and student recruitment that would improve future implementation.
This brief presents evidence on the effect three summer programs have on student math knowledge and explores participants’ perceptions and teacher learning during the programs. The programs used research-based curricula and instructional practices to boost learning among diverse groups of grade 6–8 students during the 2019 and 2020 summers. Findings can inform school districts on the implementation of summer programs, highlight lessons for program providers seeking to refine their programs, and point to priorities for future research.