North Billerica, MA, July 1, 2021
Curriculum Associates, developer of curriculum and assessments used by one-quarter of K–8 students across the US, today released an analysis of reading and mathematics testing data that measures student academic achievement in spring 2021. The report is the culmination of a year of reporting on how COVID-19 learning disruptions impacted academic progress.
In the spring, 64 percent of students took the Diagnostic assessments inside of a school building—an increase from 28 percent in the fall. According to the analysis of students testing in school, fewer students are on grade level this spring compared with historical averages.
“We are releasing this report because we feel a responsibility to provide educators with a clear, transparent view of where students are in relation to grade-level standards,” said Dr. Kristen Huff, vice president of assessment and research. “This year teachers and students overcame a tremendous amount of disruption, but disparities that existed before the pandemic persist. Even fewer students are on grade level in schools in lower-income zip codes and in schools serving a majority of students of color than in schools serving mostly white students, and the gaps have increased from years past.”
Findings include the following:
“Students and families—particularly those who were most impacted by the pandemic—have made a laudable effort to continue learning in unprecedented circumstances,” said Tyrone Holmes, chief inclusion officer at Curriculum Associates. “The pandemic has magnified the decades of historic, economic, and political practices that have kept students of color, students from disinvested communities, English Learners, and students with disabilities from reaching their potential. But we know that if teachers have the clearest picture of where students are, they will be best equipped to help students thrive when they return next school year.”
To read current and past research reports, please visit CurriculumAssociates.com/UnfinishedLearning.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.
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