As parents, you know all too well that remote learning and the hybrid approach are just not the same for your children as being in school face-to-face with teachers and peers. Since March of 2020, school felt like a car that needed some serious work. It started and stopped, it started and stopped, in that in-person school suddenly converted to full remote learning then a hybrid, followed by in-person, then rinse and repeat.
Obviously, this hasn’t been good for learning or socialization, the two key markers for school success. After a school year in which many of the nation’s approximately 56 million K-12 students struggled through some form of remote learning, lost classroom days and social isolation, the 2021-2022 school year is going to be one of the most difficult for all students across the country.
Here is some of the bad news:
- In Clark County, the nation’s fifth largest district, 13% of all grades were Fs in the first semester of the 2020-21 school year compared to 6% the year before.
- In North Carolina, more than half of the state’s high school students who took statewide end-of-course exams in math and biology this fall received a “not proficient,” according to results presented by the state’s education board.
- Math scores lagged the most, with 66.4% of students scoring “not proficient” on the Math 1 exam, typically taken in 9th grade, compared to 48.2% last school year, state data showed.
- A December analysis by consulting firm McKinsey & Company of i-Ready test results, which assess math and reading skills for elementary school students in 25 states, estimated that white students were one to three months behind where their learning would have been in math, absent the pandemic. The gap was three to five months for students of color.
- Jonathan Plucker, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education, said he thinks it will take at least two years to make up for the learning lag.
With every crisis and/or setback comes opportunity!
All is far from lost because things are looking way up. Schools have returned to in-person at full capacity or have the plan to remain fully open come fall. The timing could not be better to seek tutoring support. In the short-term, students can cover instructional ground over the summer, and in the long-term, ongoing tutoring will build confidence and set them up for success.
For the last year-and-a-half, children learned how to survive a pandemic; now they can be students again.
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