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How schools plan to address learning lost to “COVID slide”

Dayton Daily News |

Lebanon started classes three weeks ago, and director of curriculum and instruction Mark Graler said in-person students took diagnostic tests last week and will again this week. Online students will take them later this month.

“I don’t think it makes sense to overwork students to make up for lost time or lost gains. Everyone experienced losses. We want students to love learning, and we aren’t going to achieve that goal by drilling them on what they missed due to the pandemic,” said Graler.

Research varies, but multiple studies say students can lose 20 to 30% of their school-year gains in reading and math over a normal summer. A 2020 study by national education firm NWEA suggests this year will be worse, with students on average losing 50% or more of their normal math gains.