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A New Report Confirms Our Fears About Remote Learning's Impact on Students


December 10, 2020

Students in the U.S. are likely to have suffered up to nine months of learning loss in math, on average, by the end of the academic year because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, and students of color could be as many as 12 months behind, according to a report published Tuesday — the latest analysis of the toll this unprecedented school year has taken on children.

The study released by McKinsey & Company comes as school districts struggle to find a way to educate students while coronavirus cases surge around the country. And as experts have warned all along, it shows that the pandemic has widened existing racial and socioeconomic disparities in education.

“While all students are suffering, those who came into the pandemic with the fewest academic opportunities are on track to exit with the greatest learning loss,” said the report, which was released nine months after U.S. schools initially shut down to slow the spread of the virus. Black and Hispanic students are more likely than white students to be learning remotely, and they are twice as likely as white students to have received no live contact with teachers over the previous week, it found.


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