Reading and Math Scores Plummet

Sep 9, 2022 | Fruit Cove

From the Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2022: "The Education Department’s first look at test-score trends since the pandemic began reveals the worst drop in math and reading scores in decades for students in fourth grade, a crucial indicator for educational and economic trajectory.

Scores released Thursday show unprecedented drops on the long-term trends tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” The tests are administered to U.S. students age 9.

The test scores indicate a learning deficit that could resonate for years and weigh on economic output. Scientists compare the shadow cast by the pandemic to the lifelong imprint left on the children of the Great Depression. While some children will become stronger and more resilient adults, many who fall behind academically at this age will continue to lag, leaving them at risk for increased struggles across their lifetime."

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