COVID learning loss, especially in math, presents challenges for students and educators moving forward

COVID learning loss has substantially impacted math gains


COVID learning loss, especially in math, presents challenges for students and educators moving forward

New research reveals concerning COVID learning loss, including substantial math losses in grades 5-8 and modest reading losses across grades K-8, as a result of the pandemic, according to Illuminate Education.

The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in measurable learning loss. Researchers saw modest reading losses across grades K-8, modest math losses in early elementary grades, and substantial math losses in grades 5-8.

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Math achievement losses are substantial in grades 5 through 8. In grades 5 through 8 losses ranged from about three to four months. On average, students would have to grow at nearly twice the annual rate for three to four months to make up for these losses.

Early reading loss is of great concern. First grade is the transition where most students begin to read connected text, making it critical that these skills be shored up quickly, according to the research.

Laura Ascione

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