The EdWeek Research Center analyzed recent U.S. Census Bureau data to weigh states’ vulnerability for learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic based on key factors in the home learning environment. These included access to remote learning technology, as well as the time spent by family members and teachers interacting with students. The data reveal striking regional differences in the risk of learning loss, particularly when it comes to family educational levels. This snapshot from mid-May, during the height of the pandemic’s shutdown of on-site schooling nationwide, also found nearly half of the states at high or very high risk of students not having access to the tools and conditions crucial for learning.
A version of this article appeared in the September 02, 2020 edition of Education Week