Student regression is no longer just a summer issue, and we are seeing the learning losses magnified since remote learning began. What Dr. Megan Kuhfeld and Dr. Beth Tarasawa call the “COVID slide” in performance is going to slip right into spring 2021.
Overcoming the pronounced academic setbacks characterizing the COVID slide will challenge STEM educators for years to come. High impact learning losses are predicted for foundational skills in math and reading as early as third grade, placing future success in STEM areas on shaky ground.
As educators and leaders in education technology, it is our responsibility to work on building hybrid solutions to bridge the gaps students are facing.
Here are some of the most immediate ways we can begin to tackle the COVID slide:
1. Providing the right education support
High school students on STEM pathways are taking a challenging course of study, and they will need additional support to maintain their pace toward college readiness. Other students — especially if they are girls or students of color — risk being left out of STEM careers altogether if they cannot build strong conceptual foundations during high school.