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Sharp decline in reading and math scores of 9-year-olds during pandemic

According to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), young school-age children in America were severely harmed by the political decisions to lock down the country and close schools during the pandemic.

The study found that there was a sharp decline in reading and math scores for nine-year-olds.

Breitbart provides more details:

Released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the new data shows nine-year-olds’ reading scores saw the steepest decline since 1990 (a full five-point drop) while math scores saw a record drop of seven points. The results were tracked by the special administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which has often been referred to as the “nation’s report card.” […]

Noting classroom disruption, violence, truancy, cyberbullying, and absent teachers also rose during the pandemic, Carr said a variety of factors “contextualize” the data.

To make matters worse, students who were already struggling pre-pandemic suffered an even steeper drop compared to their counterparts, dropping an average of 12 points in reading and math. Black students dropped an average of 13 points in Math while Hispanic students dropped eight points; whites by five points. All three groups dropped by six points in reading.

READ: Math and Reading Scores for 9-Year-Olds Steeply Declined During Pandemic

The same thing happened in Britain

In fact, according to a report by Ofsted, some British children actually regressed.

The Daily Mail reports:

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman warned that many of the youngest children’s progress and development ‘faltered’ amid the pandemic, with some regressing in basic language and social skills.

Loneliness, boredom and misery became ‘endemic’ among the young – and the loss of education, disrupted routine – and fewer activities led to physical and mental health problems for many children, she said. 

READ: Nearly EVERY child in England has fallen behind with education due to pandemic: Ofsted report finds misery and loneliness are now ‘endemic’ among young with some regressing in basic language and social skills after lockdown

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