Largest Score Decline

First Drop in Math

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New federal data reveals that 9-year-olds' reading and math scores have dropped significantly across the board since the pandemic began.

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The National Center for Education Statistics said the results represent the largest average score decline since 1990 and the first decline in math scores.

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“The biggest takeaway is that there was no increase in achievement in any subject for any of the student groups in this assessment.

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It's clear that Covid-19 has hit American education and hindered the academic growth of children in this age group," Carr said. "We don't take that statement lightly."

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The data also confirm predictions of widening achievement gaps — especially between black and white students — during the pandemic.

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"The achievement gap between white and black students widened in 2022 as black students experienced steeper declines in test scores than their white counterparts," Carr said.

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