Research brief

Understanding differential growth during school years and summers for students in special education

2021

By: Angela Johnson, Elizabeth Barker


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New research examining academic achievement and growth of students with and without disabilities in grades K-4 provides new insight into how differential growth during school years and summers may shape disparities. The results suggest that, with support, students with disabilities grow as much or more academically during the school year than their peers without disabilities during some years, but that steeper summer learning losses for students with disabilities contribute to widening disparities.

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