Learning Setbacks Coming Into Focus With New Testing Results
July 1, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The scores from the first U.S. standardized tests taken during the pandemic are offering an early glimpse of just how far students have fallen behind, with some states reporting that the turbulent year has reversed years of academic progress.
Texas education officials offered a grim report Monday as the state became one of the first to release full results from its spring exams. The percentage of students reading at their grade level slid to the lowest levels since 2017, while math scores plummeted to their lowest point since 2013. In total, about 800,000 additional students are now behind their grade level in math, the state said.
"The impact of the coronavirus on what school means, and what school is, has been truly profound," said Mike Morath, the state's education commissioner. "It will take several years of change and support in order to help kids catch up."