UPDATED 5:40 PM PT – Thursday, September 1, 2022
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona admitted that it’s alarming, but not surprising, that young students are struggling with math and reading. Cardona made the remarks during an interview with CNN on Thursday. He blamed the poor test scores on remote learning.
Math & reading scores for 9yos in the U.S. fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic.
Education Sec. Miguel Cardona: “That is very alarming, it’s disturbing, but it’s not surprising” given more than half of schools were not open for in-person learning. pic.twitter.com/m3CB2D3ZJr
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This comes after the National Assessment of Educational Progress released the nation’s report card on Wednesday. The reveal showed the worst drop in math and reading scores in decades among fourth-grade students.
“Look, in-person learning is where we need to focus,” Cardona said. “We need to double down on our efforts. I’m very concerned about those scores, and I know that we have the resources now, and we need to maintain the same level of urgency we had two years ago to get our students back into making sure that our students get support.”
Cardona attempted to tout Biden’s success in reopening schools for in-person learning. He mentioned how the country went from 47-percent in person when he took office to 100-percent in November.