What We Know About the COVID-Slide and How to Resolve It

Oct 7, 2020 | Fort Collins
What We Know About the COVID-Slide
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.
How We Can Reverse the Slide
Want to restore your child's education to its previous trajectory? Follow these steps:
  • Know what they are missing. Before you can make major overhauls, you have to find out what skill gaps they have and where they are measuring compared to their grade-level standards.
  • Acquire the skills they need to move on in their learning. Once you know what skills they're missing, you can work on filling those gaps, leaving them with the solid foundation they need to add new skills and advance in their lessons.
  • Stay on pace during a compromised school year. This school year is going to continue to look different than normal, which is why getting additional supplemental help is so important this year. Having this focused, uninterrupted learning space will give your child a program they can rely on and the consistency they need to see continual progress.
  • Keep it stress-free and fun. Your child is experiencing enough stress this year. Don't burden them with concerns about future career opportunities and lower test scores. Making up this lost ground will be so much easier if it's fun and engaging.



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