Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth
By: Dave Moyer
In our report, Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth, we examine how school shutdowns impacted student achievement at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Using data from schools all over the country, we’ve built these visualizations to explore three key questions:
- How have students performed this fall compared to a typical school year?
- How has student growth changed since school buildings closed in March 2020?
- How does observed student achievement in fall 2020 compare to NWEA’s projections?
The purpose of this technical appendix is to share more detailed results and describe the sample and methods used in the research included in Student achievement in 2021-22: Cause for hope and continued urgency.
New NWEA research finds signs of academic rebounding in the 2021-22 school year while simultaneously underscoring the sustained need for urgency in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
Topics: COVID-19 & schools
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