FAILING GRADE: ‘Nation’s Report Card’ Shows Students Struggling in Math, Reading After Lockdown Learning

Lockdown learning had devastating effects on America’s children.

According to a new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card,” students are displaying delays in both reading and math in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown learning all over the country.

“Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020,” the report stated. “This is the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics.”

“In mathematics, the 13-point score decrease among Black students compared to the 5-point decrease among White students resulted in a widening of the White−Black score gap from 25 points in 2020 to 33 points in 2022,” the NAEP reported.

“There’s been much speculation about how shuttered schools and interrupted learning may have affected students’ opportunities to learn,” Peggy Carr, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics wrote. “Our own data reveal the pandemic’s toll on education in other ways, including increases in students seeking mental health services, absenteeism, school violence and disruption, cyberbullying, and nationwide teacher and staff shortages.”

“I don’t think we can expect to see these 9-year-olds catch up by the time they leave high school,” Dr. Aaron Pallas, professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, told the Wall Street Journal about the report. “This is not something that is going to disappear quickly.”

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