9-Year-Olds Have Lower Reading Scores From Pandemic.

(NewsGlobal.com)- A survey revealed that coronavirus outbreak restrictions caused the arithmetic and reading exam scores of nine-year-olds to drop to their lowest levels since 1990.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has just released new data that reveals reading scores for nine-year-olds have dropped by a whole five points since 1990, while math scores have fallen by a record seven points. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), sometimes known as the “nation’s report card,” was used for the special administration of the findings.

Reports show how the National Center for Education Statistics’ commissioner, Peggy G. Carr, described the historical findings as sobering in a statement to the media.

Carr said that these findings were disturbing. It is obvious that COVID-19 upset American education and slowed this age group’s intellectual development.
Carr noted that incidents of disturbance in the classroom, aggression, truancy, cyberbullying, and teacher absence increased during the pandemic. She added that several variables “contextualize” the data.

While the reading score of 215 matched the score in 2004, the math score of 234 matched the score in 1999. It is unclear exactly how long it will take for the scores to increase to their pre-pandemic levels.

To make matters worse, kids who were already having difficulty academically before the epidemic saw a sharper decrease than their peers, losing an average of 12 points in reading and arithmetic. Math scores declined on average by 13 points for Black pupils, 8 points for Hispanic students, and 5 points for White students. In reading, all three groups had a six-point decline.

According to Martin West, a member of the NAEP governing board, they found losses at all performance levels, and the rising disparity between kids at the top and those at the bottom is an important but underappreciated trend.

West explained these findings indicate that the difference expanded much more during the epidemic and that educators and politicians across the country should make supporting the academic recovery of lower-performing children an important goal.