UPDATED 7:43 AM PT – Thursday, September 1, 2022
New studies show students who learned virtually are academically half a year behind their peers who studied in-person. Elementary schoolers who are learning to read were deeply impacted by lockdown learning with many students reading below their grade level.
Researchers say students who do not read fluently by the end of elementary school are more likely to struggle in the future and drop out. Evidence from around the country shows even when schools provide services such as after school tutoring or summer school, many parents are not using them.
“I really feel that they, they’re prepared,” said Chelsea Grant, a third grade teacher. “And if we’re not there, we’re going to get there for sure because of the support, the co-teaching model that we have here. The district incentives for the kids that need that gap, you know, to close some of those gaps. I’m confident in our work definitely.”
You Lockdown/Distanced Learning advocates did this.
This is on you. https://t.co/7b5xgIIdPf
— Braisk (@AlexanderBraisk) September 1, 2022
Some school districts are looking for ways to make up for lost learning like lengthening the school day.