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On Pandemic 'Learning Loss,' Schools Look Forward, Not Back

Primary and secondary schools around the country are debating how important it is to measure what's known as learning loss caused by pandemic-related closures

 

November 3, 2020

Camden City School District Superintendent Katrina McCombs poses for a portrait at the school district office, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Camden, NJ. A complete picture has yet to emerge of how much learning was lost by students during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A complete picture has yet to emerge of how much learning was lost by students during the pandemic. That's all right with educators like Superintendent Craig Broeren, whose top concern is figuring out where each student stands now.

Wisconsin Rapids, his small school district in central Wisconsin, isn't administering any special test to measure how much districtwide progress stalled after classrooms closed in March. Such data wouldn't capture a student's unique circumstances or point a way forward, Broeren said.

Instead, the district is sticking with its usual fall assessments. Those tests can roughly estimate learning loss since the spring, but leaders say they are most useful for pinpointing what students know now and tracking how much they learn.

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-10-30/on-pandemic-learning-loss-schools-look-forward-not-back

 

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