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Global Pandemic Hurts Students and Academics
By Christopher Petty, Contributing Writer
Published April 6, 2022

 

Students from K-12 and even college took a major toll when the pandemic began. (news.standford.edu)

Ever since the pandemic started, we have seen major changes in our everyday lifestyles. From the way people gathered in different places, to sporting events, and even remote and in-person jobs. Everyone has had to make an adjustment and alter their everyday routine. But what about children and how they attend school? We know that school systems around the country are letting students come back into the buildings, but what effect did the pandemic have for the students? 

Students from K-12 and even college took a major toll when the pandemic began. Teachers having to do virtual classes while students learned from home made Zoom a major app for schools and businesses. Graduations became virtual as the public had to remain in quarantine. But even before graduation, students had to adjust from the traditional methods of learning. And that did not always show the best results. 

According to WRAL, students as a collective struggled in the following ways: reading proficiency dropped among third graders, math proficiency among students grade 3-8, after school programs declined tremendously, and summer programs had low effect on students.  

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For multiple months, educators and researchers have been warning identifying the signs and effects the pandemic and school closures would have on the academic progress of students. That’s why when Los Angeles was introduced to a first-of-its-kind LA Times analysis of data that showed the impact on L.A. students, it detailed deep drops in grade-level key areas of learning. African Americans, hispanics, and other students of color took a major hit when the analysis showed the results.

Math proficiency among many students declined as a result of remote learning. (givingcompass.org)

The analysis showed: 

  • The gap in grades that were given before the pandemic started between African American and Latino students and white and Asian counterparts, had a widened margin to as much as 21-24 percentage points. 
  • Reading scores among elementary school students declined over 7 percentage points total, while gaps between African American and Latino students and white and Asian classmates grew to over 26 percentage points. 
  • More than 200,000 students in Los Angeles are not meeting grade-level goals and requirements in math and reading. 

Despite the low statistics, numbers have risen in education since then. To help continue with the improvement, we must understand the hardships that students across the country have faced. Over time, after school programs and education workshops have helped students tremendously, as it gives them an opportunity to learn and be social.  

There is still more work to be done to get students back to where they were when the pandemic started and they were learning while in quarantine. But with lesser restrictions and more in-person learning, bright promises for the future are being shown.  

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