Loss of learning from the viral pandemic – Daily Breeze


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Less access to in-person education during the pandemic is associated with a significant drop in standardized test scores, according to a new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The researchers evaluated the standardized test results of 12 states (Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming), taking into account test results during the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic years go back to 2015.

Their findings: “We first demonstrate that in the 12 states in our sample, there were large reductions in test scores between 2020-21 and previous years. The average drop in math is 14.2 percentage points, compared to 6.3 percentage points in English.

The researchers note that their results likely underestimate the drop, as there was less participation in standardized testing during the pandemic period and, according to state officials, “the lost participation appears to come disproportionately from groups with generally lower test results “.

The researchers further note that the largest drops in test scores came from districts with less in-person education. Unfortunately, districts with higher Black and Latino populations tended to have less in-person education. These results are especially troubling when trying to unravel what happened here in California, which has fallen behind in much of the rest of the country in reopening schools for in-person instruction.

This is even more worrying given the attitude of leaders of teachers’ unions such as United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz.

“There is no such thing as learning loss,” Myart-Cruz told Los Angeles magazine earlier this year. “It doesn’t matter that our babies haven’t learned all their multiplication tables… They know the words insurrection and coup.”

It is madness that passes for progressive in California. While the long-term damage of short-sighted thinking to in-person teaching remains to be seen, the damage done will be with us for some time. Officials, from school board members to state officials who bend to the union’s will, should be held accountable.

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