Some students rely on schools for the personal, hands-on attention of specialists. What do they do now?
The Atlantic (2020, April 18)
Mentions: Elizabeth Barker
Technical appendix for The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement
This technical appendix outlines the methodology behind the projections in the NWEA research white paper, The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement.
Education leaders are already bracing for a worse “summer slide” this year for students whose schools were shut down to curb the spread of coronavirus. But new research suggests the “COVID slide” is going to be significantly worse. In one study out today, Beth Tarasawa and Megan Kuhfeld, reasearchers for NWEA, analyzed student achievement and growth data from more than 5 million students in grades 3-8 who participated in NWEA’s widely used MAP-Growth test in 2017-18 to project growth trajectories for the students under two scenarios for COVID school disruptions.
Education Week, Inside School Research blog
New research by NWEA, a nonprofit assessment provider, predicts that because of school closures, some students could be as much as a year behind in math when they start school in the fall.
Researchers’ urgent message for schools: start planning now for a precipitous ‘COVID Slide’ next year
New research findings provide a call to action: now is the time to plan for how school must be different next year to address learning gaps widened by the pandemic.
“Given NWEA’s depth of research and our partnerships with other mission-driven organizations, we’re in a unique position to offer valuable insights to the education community as we navigate through this crisis”, says CEO Chris Minnich. “Together, we can mitigate the impact on kids—especially for those most vulnerable in our population—and continue our efforts to narrow opportunity gaps.”