You've heard a lot about the COVID-19 virus these past months, and are probably getting a little tired of all of the information and statistics. But as life, and schooling, is settling in to a "new norm," it's important to make sure you're thinking of this school year with the COVID-Slide still in mind.
- What is the COVID-Slide? The COVID-Slide describes the academic setbacks that students experienced due to extended school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The fact that students weren't able to finish the school year traditionally resulted in gaps in students' knowledge because of this missing classroom time.
- It's more than just a hiccup. When this missing classroom time was followed by summer break, students suffered from compounded losses in their knowledge. The term "slide" inherently implies a regression in knowledge, not just a pause in their progress.
- So what now? Teachers and parents are trying to keep learning engaging and productive, but can't match the quality of education received in-classroom. Students get less personal interaction with teachers and tire easily from staring at computer screens all day.
- Students won't just "catch up" over time. Without added intervention, they might be left permanently playing catch-up and working from behind.
- Don't be deceived by some advancements. Students will likely continue to see growth, but it won't be the accelerated growth they need to make up for the large regression.
- The reverberations of this loss are lifelong. Left unattended, students affected by the COVID-Slide could see decreased test scores, lower confidence, and even more limited future job opportunities.