Fourth- and eighth-graders fell behind in reading and had the largest ever decline in math, according to a national educational assessment
More Evidence of How the Pandemic Hurt Children
Father, help our kids recover from the learning loss of the pandemic. Help those kids who are not in good homes and have no one to help them get back on track, and don’t let our leaders ever do an unwarranted closure again.
This is one more piece of evidence of how harmful school shutdowns were for kids. Let’s pray for our children and for better schools.
Fourth- and eighth-graders fell behind in reading and had the largest ever decline in math, according to a national educational assessment showing the devastating effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on America’s children.
The alarming findings are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and math exams, often called the “Nation’s Report Card” and conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the Education Department.
“If this is not a wake-up call for us to double down our efforts and improve education, even before it was – before the pandemic, then I don’t know what will,” US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told CNN’s Brianna Keilar during an appearance on “New Day” Monday.
He called on schools to ensure they are using funding from the Covid relief package passed in 2021 to boost student scores.