We recently received the best estimate yet of the amount of academic progress lost to the pandemic. The Findings Are Astounding

According to a national assessment that presents a sobering picture of the pandemic's impact on education, American kids experienced some of the largest reductions in academic attainment documented in the previous 50 years.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) statistics, which are produced by the U.S. Department of Education, the average reading and math scores for 9-year-old pupils decreased this year compared to 2020 by five points and seven points, respectively.

According to Allison Socol, who oversees K–12 research at the Education Department, "now is the time to look at these scores and use them to fuel something better."

The NAEP results, according to educators and experts, should spur funding for effective tutoring programmes, which have been shown to boost academic performance.

The NAEP statistics demonstrate that achievement discrepancies have widened in recent years, as was long anticipated after COVID-19 pushed kids to study at home in uneven conditions.

Score declines were harsher for kids who were already having a hard time; they were more pronounced for students in the 10th and 25th percentiles than for those in the 75th or 90th percentiles.

The most vulnerable pupils should be given priority in schools' and politicians' efforts for academic rehabilitation.