As pandemic data starts to come in, state educators begin their analyses to assess the impact and set their priorities. Report findings are not surprising given the challenges that students and teachers faced last year, bu they are invaluable to education leaders. Report findings will help states target resources and prioritize funding to identify the challenges and continue developing and supporting district run interventions that accelerate student learning, particularly for students who were most affected and for areas of the state most in need. See key takeaways from results reported by North Carolina and Tennessee below and expect more to follow:
- All grades and students were negatively impacted, less than usual progress was made during the pandemic, and students who returned to in-person instruction performed better than those who did not.
- Connectivity – Students need access to reliable broadband internet at home for access to robust, dynamic instructional materials and resources. Focus on solving the rural and economic broadband divide.
- In-Person Instruction – The majority of students need regular interaction and direct personal engagement with their principals, teachers, and peers.
- Students Disproportionately Impacted by the Pandemic – Education leaders and teachers should focus resources and targeted interventions on students who have been most negatively impacted by disrupted learning caused by the pandemic.
- Focus on Content Areas of Highest Need – Education leaders and teachers should focus resources and targeted interventions for early grades reading, middle grades math, and science in the transition years (5th and 8th grades).
Use of Findings
These findings also have the potential to show us which district- and charter-led learning recovery and acceleration programs and interventions are working well for students across the state. We look forward to connecting with these schools and districts to highlight those promising practices and elevating them to assist others.
- Establish a baseline and set benchmarks to monitor progress over time.
- Understand the impact of learning recovery and acceleration programs and interventions across the state.
- Target resources and prioritize funding for students who were most affected and for areas of the state that are most in need.
- Identify promising practices.
- 2020 -Tennessee was the first state to release learning loss projections to begin critical conversations on how to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on students.
- 2021 – Tennessee became the first state in the nation to address learning loss and passed essential legislation targeted at moving students forward.
- 2022 – Tennessee released pre-pandemic projected data compared to student’s actual TCAP scores to help measure the pandemic’s impact on student achievement
- Tennessee is continuing to lead the way to address learning loss and the effects of the pandemic, share critical data and insights on how our students are performing, and create innovative programs to accelerate student achievement, and share transparently about how our students are performing and where they need support.
- Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) public site is used annually to measure overall student growth. The results of this additional annual analysis from SAS show the negative impact of COVID-19 on student achievement and bright spots for schools that have outperformed expectations.
- NCDPI Releases “COVID-19 Impact Analysis of Lost Instructional Time”
- Tennessee Releases Pre-Pandemic Projected Student Performance Data to Inform Strategic Decision-Making & Continue Addressing Learning Loss