Earlier this week, the State Board of Education heard a presentation from a new report measuring pandemic learning recovery. Data are being analyzed as part of a multi-year project with SAS Institute. Dr. Jeni Corn, the director of research and evaluation at the Department of Public Instruction, and Dr. John White, a vice president at SAS, presented the data.
According to the new report, data reflect three specific time periods and show:
- Pre-pandemic trends (2013-2019)
- Pandemic impact
- Distance to full recovery
Key findings from the new report:
- Performance on the Grade 3 Reading EOG (End of Grade test) and English II EOC (End of Course test) is now above the recovery threshold.
- Students have made gains in Grades 3-5 Reading and Math as well as in Grade 5 Science.
- There was an “unexpected” drop in Grade 8 Science.
- Math continues to be more problematic than reading for learning recovery.
- Compared to performance before the pandemic, there is “considerably more variation among schools,” according to Dr. Corn.
DPI will release “charters-only” and school-level data on January 22. OLR will hold charters-only sessions and will be in every region of the state in the coming weeks.