North Billerica, MA, January 12, 2024
Curriculum Associates, a leading education technology company, released a new report today, School Readiness for Young Students Post-Pandemic, which includes the latest insights on student learning. The report examines nationwide data quantifying the latent academic impact of disrupted access to early childhood care and education for the nation’s youngest learners. This report is one of the first to gather and analyze nationally representative data from more than five million Grades K–2 students, thanks to their i-Ready® Diagnostic for Reading and for Mathematics.
“While learning disruptions are well-known and documented for school-age students due to the pandemic, less is known regarding the impact on children who were in early childhood or pre-K settings in 2020 and 2021. Those children, who were ages 1 to 4 at the start of the pandemic, are coming to school less prepared and lagging behind expectations with signs of a slow recovery,” said Dr. Kristen Huff, vice president of assessment and research at Curriculum Associates. “These data show that post-pandemic recovery is still an uphill battle for millions of students nationwide, reinforcing the challenges our educators face in the classroom every day.”
Some of the key findings were:
While the pandemic was disruptive to all early childhood care and services, the report shows the impact of this disruption was not equally felt across communities. Many minoritized communities relied on continued access to public pre-K programs and thus lost services entirely with pandemic closures. These findings echo the emerging trends described in the latest edition of Curriculum Associates’ State of Student Learning research.
“In analyzing these data by various demographics, such as grade, race, and income level, we recognize a familiar phenomenon: the pandemic exacerbated educational socioeconomic inequities,” said Tyrone Holmes, chief inclusion officer at Curriculum Associates. “The good news is that these data can help guide decision makers in how to best allocate resources and support the students most in need.”
“In an equitable world, every educator would have the support, tools, and data to help every student achieve their potential,” continued Huff. “Our students have faced tremendous hardship, and the road ahead will not be easy. We owe it to them to be ambitious and change the course of learning now.”
School Readiness for Young Students Post-Pandemic is the seventh in a series of research reports on the effects of unfinished learning conducted by Curriculum Associates. More information on Curriculum Associates’ research on unfinished learning may be found here.
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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