The recently released test scores of our nation’s fourth graders should make anyone who cares about children and our nation’s future weep. The results are the latest proof of the unprecedented learning losses among American children due to extended school closures during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
The tests are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and were administered to U.S. students age 9. According to The Wall Street Journal, the NAEP test scores “mark the largest drop in reading scores since 1990 and the first statistically significant decline in math scores since the math portion of the test began in 1973. Math and reading scores for the exam are now at their lowest levels since the 1990s.” Not surprisingly, “learning loss generally is worse in districts