Learning Loss & Recovery

Learn more about declines in academic progress, including the summer slide, and how schools are getting students back on track academically
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Curriculum The Case for Curriculum: Why Some States Are Prioritizing It With COVID Relief Funds
States are helping districts select improved curriculum and integrate it into learning recovery strategies.
Sarah Schwartz, September 20, 2022
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Data Opinion Standardized Tests Aren't the Only Meaningful Data on Student Achievement
"Street data" may be a better pathway to education equity. Here's what that means.
Shane Safir, September 19, 2022
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Student Achievement What’s Academic Recovery Looked Like So Far? Slow and Uneven, New Data Show
Interim test results paint a complicated picture of the 2021-22 school year. 
Sarah Schwartz, September 14, 2022
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Student Achievement The Pandemic Was a 'Wrecking Ball' for K-12, and We're Still Tallying the Damage
Academic problems, mental health issues, and long-term grief are still taking their toll on K-12 schools.
Arianna Prothero, September 13, 2022
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Student Achievement Students' Pandemic-Related Academic Loss Has Slowed for Some, Research Finds
The new analysis found that students who experienced longer periods of remote learning were farther behind academically.
Ileana Najarro, August 25, 2022
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Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J., on Sept. 16, 2021.
Almost 6 in 10 teachers said their students mastered the content they needed to during the 2021-22 school year, according to a Khan Academy/YouGov survey.
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Student Achievement What Teachers Say Is the Biggest Barrier to Learning Recovery
A Khan Academy/YouGov survey of teachers explores views on unfinished learning, getting students to master concepts, and grading.
Lauraine Langreo, July 26, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Academic Recovery From the Pandemic Will Outlast Funding by Years
While student achievement has begun to rebound, new data show a long road to return to pre-COVID performance
Sarah D. Sparks, July 19, 2022
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U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at an event at the Department of Education in Washington in June. The department has announced a push for expanded access to after-school and summer learning programs.
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Federal Federal Initiative Leverages COVID Aid to Expand After-School, Summer Learning
The Education Department's Engage Every Student effort includes partnerships with civic organizations and professional groups.
Libby Stanford, July 14, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says 5 Things to Know About How the Pandemic Has Deepened Summer Learning Loss
Studies show the so-called "COVID slide" and summer learning loss can exacerbate each other, but schools can help break the cycle.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 12, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Latino Students' Gains Threatened by the Pandemic, Analysis Finds
The diverse group of students experienced more setbacks than white students, says a new report.
Ileana Najarro, July 11, 2022
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Student Achievement Opinion The Pandemic’s Toll on Academic Growth Wasn’t Uniform. Recovery Efforts Can’t Be Either
Returning to "normal" will not be enough next school year, write three researchers.
Dan Goldhaber, Andrew Mceachin & Emily Morton, June 21, 2022
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English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Language Instruction
This Spotlight will help you understand the challenges facing ELLs, gain insights into the future of education for ELL students, and more.
June 15, 2022
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Teaching Teachers Struggled to Stem 'Learning Loss' During Pandemic, GAO Finds
A report documents teachers' concerns about students losing academic ground during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evie Blad, May 12, 2022
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Budget & Finance How Are Schools Spending ESSER Funds? 4 Takeaways From a New Report
More than 4 in 10 districts have already obligated all their pandemic relief aid, while nearly a third are still getting started.
Mark Lieberman, May 11, 2022
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