Reading & Math Scores Fell!

 During Pandemic

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According to a new federal study Math and reading scores for 9-year-olds in the U.S. dropped dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic.

Reading scores saw their biggest drop in 30 years, while math scores fell for the first time in the history of post-study testing.

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Schools are closed for months at a time during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many children spent a year or more learning from home.

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The nation's standardized test was not administered in the early days of the pandemic, so the findings released Thursday looked at the impact of the pandemic's disruption to education.

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In math, the average score for Year 9 students fell by 7 percentage points between 2020 and 2022, according to the study. The average reading score dropped by 5 points.

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Math scores for white students dropped 5 percentage points, compared with 13 points for black students and 8 points for Hispanic students.

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