COVID Pandemic Caused Average Public School Student To Lose Half Year Of Learning, Study

  • A recent study among researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities finds the COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating  impact on public school education: the average U.S. student in grades 3–8 lost the equivalent of a half-year of learning in math and a quarter of a year in reading.
  • The findings are in the school’s Education Recovery Scorecard, which also includes a map of the hardest hit school districts. Kane said the report will help local leaders “see the magnitude of the damage and guide local recovery efforts.”
  • Other findings include 6% of students were in districts that lost more than a year of learning in math, while 3% were in districts in which math achievement actually rose.
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