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Evaluating the Residual Effects of the Pandemic on Learning

Across the country, education experts are trying to grasp the impact of the pandemic on K-12 students. Recent studies tend to paint a bleak picture of the effect on the aggregate of students across the country. However, analyzing longitudinal data to compare expected students’ outcomes to how they did perform in 2021 is riddled with unexpected nuances.

Having an accurate assessment through empirical results recognizes that each child is unique and that the pandemic has affected different students in different ways. The data provides insights into the need to target to help students recover from lost instructional time.

As statewide studies are released, Former South Dakota, Secretary of Education, Melody Schopp, will share the research highlights. Having this information is one way to understand the pandemic’s educational impact that will help to guide recovery.