Major Academic Losses from Pandemic
November 7th, 2022
From the NAEP statistic sheet just released we see that in 2022, the average fourth grade score for end of year testing in mathematics went down by 5 points from last test year. This post pandemic reality is the lowest recorded drop since 2005. When looking at the eighth grade, scores dropped by 8 points compared to 2019. These scores were also lower than all previous assessment years going back to 2003. Reading on the other hand went down marginally and was not an alarm bell like mathematics. (Nationsreportcard)
This could be an effect of the pandemic leaving children at home where they are more likely to be read with or to whereas mathematics is almost never taught at home. That is a hypothesis.
Another in a long stream of evidence that lockdowns are damaging to our youth.