According to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), nine-year-old students' reading and math scores have dropped dramatically over the last two years.
The average reading score for a nine-year-old student dropped five points between 2020 and 2022, marking the largest drop since 1990. Math scores dropped by seven times, making this the first time math scores have dropped since the program began.
Breaking News: Test results show the pandemic’s effect on U.S. students: The math and reading scores of 9-year-olds dropped steeply, erasing two decades of progress. https://t.co/m571VGe4Lc
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 1, 2022
NCES commissioner Peggy Carr wrote a statement that pointed out that in-person learning isn't the only way the pandemic has impacted the learning of the students.
"There's been much speculation about how shuttered schools and interrupted learning may have affected students' opportunities to learn," Carr wrote. "Our own data reveal the pandemic's toll on education in other ways, including increases in students seeking mental health services, absenteeism, school violence and disruption, cyberbullying, and nationwide teacher and staff shortages."
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told CNN that the NCES data is very alarming. It's disturbing. But it's not surprising, keeping in mind a year and a half ago over half of our schools were not open for full-time learning." Just last year Cardona claimed that shutting down the schools for as long as they were was not a mistake.
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