A recent national survey reports that U.S. students are still struggling to make up for learning that was lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report from NWEA examined test scores from nearly 7 million elementary and middle school students in about 20,000 public schools around the U.S.
The researchers found that “achievement gains in 2022–23 lagged pre-pandemic trends” in nearly all surveyed students, with numbers “falling short of pre-pandemic averages by 1–19% in reading and by 6–15% in math.”
The NWEA noted that the decline was sharper than what was observed in 2021-2022. Overall, the average student at the end of the school year required over four months of additional schooling in both math and reading to come up to grade level, the report said.
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