Performance scores of children in elementary and middle schools dropped significantly after institutions moved to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published by iReady, Politico reported.
The test, administered at the start of the school year for children in grades 1-8, also showed large gaps among some of the most vulnerable children, including children of color and low-income students. Nearly 3 million students took it both times – before the pandemic and when they returned to school this fall.
“More students are two or more grade levels below their actual grade level this fall than before the pandemic began,” according to Curriculum Associates’ November “Understanding Student Learning” report, which analyzed the 2021 scores.
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