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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Happy talk backfire: Parents don't realize their kids need help

Parents aren't clamoring to sign up their kids for tutoring, summer school or other academic supports, because they don't realize how much learning their children lost during the pandemic, concludes a study by Dan Silver, Anna Saavedra and Morgan Polikoff.

Teachers kept grades high during remote schooling, and tests were canceled.

Researchers believe "both educators and parents may not understand the extent of pandemic learning loss and that parents may simply be burned out after years of increased pandemic demands on them and their families."

It's bad. "Children attending primarily in-person during the 2020-2021 school year on average lost about a quarter of an academic year of annual progress relative to measured math and reading performance pre-pandemic," Silver, Saavedra and Polikoff write. Those who were mostly remote between spring 2020 and spring 2022 "lost closer to half of an academic year." "Students of color and those from lower-income households" spent the most time out of school and lost the most academically.

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