Research brief

Education’s long COVID: 2022–23 achievement data reveal stalled progress toward pandemic recovery

July 2023

By: Karyn Lewis, Megan Kuhfeld


This new research brief continues the ongoing research by NWEA examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student achievement and progress toward academic recovery.

Using data from 6.7 million U.S. public school students currently in grades 3 – 8, the study examined academic gains in the 2022-23 school year relative to pre-pandemic years. It also tracked the gap in achievement between the COVID year student group compared to their pre-pandemic peers.

Key findings show that while learning did continue, progress toward academic recovery stalled in the 2022-23 school year. Significant achievement gaps persist at the end of the 2022-23 school year, and the average student will need the equivalent of 4.1 additional months of schooling to catch up in reading and 4.5 months in math.

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