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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2022. 3:25 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States Education Department says that students’ reading and math skills were severely damaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News reports.

A report published by the Department today showed dramatic losses across the board for students in the U.S.

“In 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the NAEP long-term trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments for age 9 students to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Education Department stated.

“Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. This is the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first-ever score decline in mathematics,” it added.

In addition, reading scores saw their largest decline in 30 years.

“These are some of the largest declines we have observed in a single assessment cycle in 50 years of the NAEP program. Students in 2022 are performing at a level last seen two decades ago,” said Daniel McGrath, the acting associate commissioner of NCES.

 

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