Students suffered from a decline in reading ability during the COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on school children’s reading skills in the youngest grades.

A series of new studies show that about a third of the youngest schoolchildren are lagging behind in reading benchmarks, significantly more than before the pandemic.

For kindergarten children across the country, the percentage of students at highest risk of not learning to read rose 8 percent during the pandemic, from 29 percent in mid-2019-20 school year to 37 percent in mid-2021-22 school year, according to a Study conducted by Amplifya curriculum and assessment company.

The study found that black and Hispanic students were “disproportionately” affected by learning loss in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

Other learnconducted in Virginia, found that about 35 percent in the state performed below their expected levels in the fall of 2021 — a 20-year low that the researchers called “alarming.”

“Particularly alarming is that the fall 2021 K-2 total score indicates the highest percentage of students scoring below the benchmark at grade level entry ever observed in fall assessment,” the University of Virginia.

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Especially in kindergarten and in the first grade, the educators notice large competence deficits.
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“Furthermore, the fall 2021 rates of below-benchmark results in first- and second-grade students were the highest documented in PALS history in these fall assessment grades.”

A study conducted by Curriculum Associatespublished in November, concluded that early elementary grades “have not yet caught up with pre-pandemic grade-level performance.”

The studies were reported first from the New York Times.

Thirty-five percent of K-2 students in Virginia performed below their expected level in the fall of 2021.

About 33 percent of second-grade students are unready to read at their class level — 9 percentage points up from before the pandemic. For third-grade students, the number is 38 percent, or seven points higher than before when COVID-19 kept children away from school buildings.

Experts said the pandemic created the dire situation.

“We’re breaking new ground,” said Dr. Tiffany P. Hogan, director of the Speech and Language Literacy Lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, said the Times on the impact of the pandemic on reading literacy.

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In New York City, already declining literacy among the city’s youngest children has reached “crisis” levels.
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Hogan described the long-term risk of these impaired reading skills as “quite dramatic”.

In the Boston area, 60 percent of students in some schools with a high proportion of poor students were classified as at high risk for low literacy, Hogan told the newspaper.

dr Tamara Cella — a phonics expert who left the city’s education ministry in 2016 — works as a private school teacher and tutor, which she told the Times is “very well paid.” But Cella expressed concern about students whose parents aren’t wealthy enough to afford private tuition.

Sub-benchmark readings in the fall of 2021 hit a 20-year high that researchers at UVA called “alarming.”

“This guilt comes over me,” she reportedly said. “What about the kids in the Bronx?”

In New York City, already declining literacy among the city’s youngest children has accelerated during the pandemic — and has reached “crisis levels,” experts told The Post.

“I don’t use that word lightly,” said literacy specialist Karen Vaites. “But I would use it here.”

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The restrictions on distance learning have exacerbated existing problems in literacy classes, experts say.
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“Anytime you look at a reading rating where we can make a comparison to before the pandemic, there’s a dramatic drop,” she said. “And they’re concentrated in K until second grade.”

Vaites lamented that the city spends more per student than any other major metro area and still hasn’t been able to boost literacy rates. The pandemic, she said, has only exacerbated the problem.

“If there was a teaching issue before the pandemic, you can promise it wasn’t addressed during the pandemic because schools were distracted by the move to distance learning. If anything, the teachers were disturbed.”

The percentage of Virginia students at high risk for below-benchmark reading levels is growing.

Sources told The Post that early childhood educators find significant skill gaps, particularly in kindergarten and first grade.

During a recent orientation at PS 770 in Brooklyn, school officials told parents that phonetics classes that would normally be taught in kindergarten are now being offered in first grade due to the limitations of distance learning. A DOE source said other schools are being forced to take the same approach.

new schools Chancellor David Banks has made improving literacy—particularly among black and Hispanic youth—a priority. Banks has made it clear that the city school curriculum, which does not emphasize phonetics at an early age, was a failure and needs to be revised.

There are disproportionately higher rates of sub-benchmark results among students who are
black and Hispanic, which was found in the Virginia study.

Insights into reading deficits among younger students came from leaders of more than 20 leading early childhood education programs in the Big Apple signed an appeal Mayor Eric Adams over Masks are compulsory for 2 to 4 year oldsquote harmful effect of face coverings on children’s development.

“We know firsthand that younger children face serious disadvantages when masked, despite the limited public health benefits, including negative impacts on learning, social development and language development,” it said. “Studies continue to show the very negative trade-offs for this age group.”

Although Adams has promised to keep public schools open and announced last week that kids will be in kindergarten through 12th grade no longer have to maskEarly childhood educators up to and including 4 years old and day care centers must continue to do this.

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While schools in New York are open for in-person tuition, attendance in the city has lagged behind.
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And not all cities have had continuous face-to-face training.

In Chicago, parents were sent into a frenzy when the The city’s teachers’ union made the decision to switch to distance learning amid the COVID-19 surge in December and January.

And while schools in New York are open for in-person tuition, attendance in the Big Apple is lagging behind.

On a Thursday in January at least half of the students in more than 50 schools in the five districts were missing.

The rates of below-benchmark levels in grades one and two in the fall of 2021 were the lowest in PALS history.

It can be difficult to measure exactly how far behind Big Apple’s students are.

New York high school The Regents exams scheduled for January have been cancelled due to the Rise in coronavirus cases hazards by the Omicron variant. In the spring of 2021, about 80 percent of Big Apple students between third and eighth grade did so no annual state examination is designed to measure math and English skills. Students suffered from a decline in reading ability during the COVID pandemic


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