Massive learning setbacks show COVIDs sweeping toll on kids

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  • Students studied online until March 2021, and when schools reopened, many chose to stay with remote learning, Repucci said.“Students here were exposed to things they should never have been exposed to until much later,” Repucci said.
  • In Rochester, New Hampshire, students lost nearly two years in reading even though schools offered in-person learning most of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • But neither was a perfect predictor of declines in reading and math.In some districts, students lost more than two years of math learning, according to the data.
  • School systems are still spending the nearly $190 billion in federal relief money allocated for recovery, a sum experts have said fails to address the extent of learning loss in schools.
  • Poverty and time spent in remote learning affected learning loss, and learning losses were greater in districts that remained online longer, according to Kane and Reardon’s analysis.
  • The data show many children need significant intervention, and advocates and researchers say the U.S. isn’t doing enough.Together, Reardon and Kane created a map showing how many years of learning the average student in each district has lost since 2019.
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