A new federal study has revealed that math and reading scores have decreased significantly in the past two years for America’s 9-year-olds, providing insight into the large-scale learning challenges faced by children across the nation. The pandemic has had a profound effect on children’s education, and this data offers a sobering look at the progress that still needs to be made in order to get kids back on track.
In a recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics – a part of the U.S. Department of Education – it was revealed that reading scores had decreased more in the last 30 years than at any other point in history, while math scores had decreased for the first time since the testing began.
The nation’s standardized testing provides data that gives an initial look at how pandemic learning disruptions have impacted students across the country. The findings released Thursday are just a small snapshot of what is to come, as Broader data is expected to be released later this year as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.
The study reflects the educational challenges that American students have faced over the past two years as schools have been forced to shut down for months at a time due to Covid-19 outbreaks. Many students have spent a year or more learning from home, and virus outbreaks among staff and students have continued the disruption even after kids have returned to the classroom.