Schools are wrestling with the setbacks in student learning caused by closures and extended remote instruction. Average reading scores for 9 year olds declined 5 points and average math scores fell 7 points from 2020 to 2022. This is a significant concern. Reading ability is a critical indicator of future success. If students are not capable of comprehending the meaning of words and vocabulary at grade level, it impacts their understanding of content in other subjects such as social studies, history and even calculating word problems in math.
States are directing funds for small group tutoring, summer school, and other initiatives to reverse the learning losses. Educators must overcome the struggle to determine which of these efforts are working.