Petrifying PLUNGE – Record Breaking Drops Reported!

American Children Show Tragic Decline in Literacy and Math Scores

American Children Show Tragic Decline in Literacy and Math Scores

(UnitedVoice.com) – The COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to close down for more than a year in some cases. At the beginning of the outbreak, officials across the country in nearly all states, from Florida to California, decided to switch to remote learning. They hoped to limit the spread of a virus scientists didn’t know much about but was already killing hundreds of people every day.

It didn’t take long for experts to sound the alarm. By the time schools reopened, the damage was done. New data illustrates just how much kids suffered academically due, at least in part, to the lockdowns.

NAEP Math Data

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics recently conducted its National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The data isn’t good. According to the report, the math scores for fourth and eighth graders saw the largest decline in decades.

Students took the tests between January and March this year (the previous school year). For fourth graders, math scores decreased by five points. That’s lower than they have been for all of the previous years since 2005. In 2019, the average score was 241 on a scale of 0 to 500. In 2022, that dropped to 236. Eighth graders had an average score of 282 in 2019. That has now fallen 8 points to 274 in 2022.

The data weighed the scores in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education school system. The scores decreased in 43 states and jurisdictions mentioned, increased in none, and stayed the same in 10 places.

NAEP Reading Data

The data wasn’t much better for reading scores. Like the math scores, the assessment measured reading on a scale of 0 to 500. Fourth graders saw their reading scores fall by three points from 220 in 2019 to 217 in 2020. The score was the same this year as it was in 1992, 30 years ago.

Eighth graders also saw their scores drop an average of three points, from 263 in 2019 to 260 in 2022. Also, like fourth grade, the scores are the same as in 1992.

The assessments specifically targeted 2019 vs. 2022 because that was the last testing period before the pandemic. Erika Sanzi, the director of outreach for Parents Defending Education, told Breitbart the “plunge in academic outcomes was predictable” because of the COVID-19 measures that health authorities put into place.

What do you think about the new data? Are you surprised?

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