A worldwide survey demonstrates that learning loss spans the world--and is, in fact, significant

Taking a look at global learning loss


A worldwide survey demonstrates that learning loss spans the world--and is, in fact, significant

While many educators found unique and innovative ways to deliver remote and engaging instruction to their students, the majority of teachers responding to a McKinsey survey said virtual learning over the past year is “a poor substitute” for in-person learning.

The survey, which details learning loss on a global level, asked teachers in eight countries to rate how effective remote learning was when it first began–the average score was 5 out of 10, but it’s worth noting that teachers in Japan and the U.S. doled out lower grades, with almost 60 percent rating remote learning between a 1 and a 3 out of 10.

In a report based on the survey results, authors Li-Kai Chen, Emma Dorn, Jimmy Sarakatsannis, and Anna Wiesinger detail how teachers believe remote learning has impacted student learning.

The authors surveyed teachers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States between late October and early November of 2020.

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