Research Topic

Understanding Student Needs: Early Results from Fall Assessments


  • Subject: Mathematics, Literacy
  • Grades: K–8
  • Study Year: 2020–2021

Published December 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in 2020, leaving many students to test at home. Some testing results showed a negative impact on students—often showing they were not meeting grade-level standards. This research suggests that students were able to find some success in at-home testing environments, especially in reading. While we cannot ignore the “COVID slide,” this report found that students who already had large gaps in grade-level preparedness were the most affected. Download the full research to learn about other factors that impacted student testing outcomes after the COVID-19 shutdowns.

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