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A Third of Parents Still Concerned About Pandemic Learning Loss

A report found that one-third of parents are concerned about the COVID-19 shutdown’s long-term impact on their child’s education, both academically and socially.

Although test scores recently showed “modest gains” after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has revealed that parents are still observing their kids struggling with “pandemic learning loss.”

In fact, one in three parents in the United States have made this observation.

95 Percent Group — which, according to its about page, is “Helping teachers provide the best possible literacy instruction is the first step in giving the next generation a bright future” — was behind this report, which based its findings on a survey of 830 parents across the country.

Nearly 90 percent of these parents have kids that are currently in elementary school, and their ages ranged from 21 to 69. Researchers also tapped into the National Center for Education Statistics NAEP assessment, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

Along with noticing their kid’s pandemic-related learning loss, another one in three parents expressed concerns about the shutdown’s long-term impact on their child’s education. On top of that, 23 percent say their kid has started to struggle more social ever since.

In going state-by-state, the 95 Percent Group report found that Delaware students saw the biggest reading score drops from 2019 to 2022. Overall, New Mexico had the worst.

On the flips side, Pennsylvania students had some of the best reading scores. In first in this regard was Massachusetts.

“This post-pandemic data reinforces what we know about the extreme challenges faced during that time and how our students (and their teachers) are continuing to recover from that crisis,” says 95 Percent Group Chief Academic Officer Laura Stewart.

“However, it’s important to note that we have had an unacceptable number of students not learning to read adequately even before the pandemic. The challenge of all students learning to read has been with us for far too long.”

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