Analysis of nationwide K-12 test scores by analytics firm Renaissance Learning shows students are hurt. Nearly 40% of students in New York and across America scored below math benchmarks in the 2021-2022 school year. half fell below the benchmarks when reading.
A quarter of those who underperformed the math benchmark performed so poorly that intervention was needed; an eighth to intervene “urgently”. When it comes to reading, one-third of underperforming children need intervention, and more than one-sixth need urgent intervention.
And those numbers represent a year-over-year decline in both subjects, state and national—so the trend is bad here, too.
The picture is even uglier for younger students: Half of first graders starting this year are reading below expectations, up from 28% before the pandemic.
This follows equally dismal reports showing that the worst reading scores are concentrated in the most vulnerable groups. After that earlier datesonly 37% of Black first graders were “on track” to read in 2021, up from 51% in 2019, with Hispanics declining from 54% to 42%.
In the meantime, The Centers for Disease Control just moved a collection of significant developmental milestones for children through later life. (Almost as if the agency is trying to cover up the massive damage these policies have done.)
Remember, all of this happened because teacher unions and alarming public health bureaucrats demanded that schools remain closed after the initial precautionary measures. long after it was objectively clear that it would be safe to reopen, and as schools did reopen safely in areas where union power is weak.
Children have to be in school. They need teachers, friends and gym classes. And no future COVID wave will be every reason to close again.
Anyone who says otherwise—teacher, educator, politician, or whatever—serves someone else’s interests.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/24/new-data-confirms-covid-school-rules-were-a-disaster/ New data confirms COVID school rules have been a disaster