Yesterday’s headlines screamed “Pandemic Erased Two Decades of Progress in Math and Reading.” Results from the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, also known as the NAEP, found that reading and math scores of a randomized sample of 9-year olds dropped to levels from two decades ago. Students of color experienced the largest drop in scores – black students lost 13 points in math, while white students lost 5 points.
Pre-pandemic, reading and math test scores were nothing to write home about in this country. Reading instruction and math instruction has sucked for a long time; too many kids were not proficient. It’s shameful. But now, things got worse.