School Closures Were A Crime Against Children

Pandemic Shutdowns Caused Historic Learning Losses

  • The Department of Education reported that national test scores suffered the greatest decline in decades as schools were shut down during the pandemic.
  • For example, scores for age 9 students declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in math.
  • Minority students suffered the biggest learning losses, with black students declining 13 points in math compared to a five-point decrease for white students.