School Closures to Lower Learning Gains
School closures due to Covid-19 in will have the impact of an extended summer break for children and students are likely to have started school this fall with approximately 63% to 68% of the typical annual gains in reading and 37% to 50% of the typical annual learning gains in maths, according to an assessment by American Educational Research Association. The projections were based on a prediction model developed by the researchers. They said that losing ground during the school closures was not universal, with the top third of students potentially making gains in reading. The projections imply that educators and policymakers will need to address that many students are substantially behind academically as a result of extended school closures, particularly if many schools remain disrupted throughout periods of the 2020-21 school year.