The summer slide is going to be worse this year. Students lose academic skills and knowledge when they are out of school in June, July, and the first two weeks of August. Educators are now worried about the COVID slide. Most schools in Texas lost eight-10 weeks of school in 2020, extending the summer slide from eight weeks to 16-18 weeks. Schools did the best they could to engage students with distance learning and study packets. Parents did the best they could to help students with homework. The pandemic has provided a trial run for American schools. The distancelearning experiment was not a complete success, but it did show educators how to make improvements for the fall.