A new report demonstrates the decline in math and reading ability of elementary students caused by the interruption of classroom learning during the pandemic. This seems especially true for students with limited or no access to home computers, tablets, etc.
No doubt the pandemic will claim the headlines for poor math and reading skill scores, but this is not a new story. US students have generally had poor proficiency in key areas, especially among minorities.
The standardized test scores are especially concerning given that before the pandemic experts were already sounding the alarm about high rates of students across the nation not meeting basic proficiency in reading and math.
“The data prior to the pandemic did not reflect an education system that was on the right track,” said U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “The pandemic simply made it worse. It took poor performance and dropped it down even further.”From the Los Angeles Times
So, who is to blame, teachers, school boards, parents, politicians?