Research papers related to learning loss
Teacher survey: Learning loss is global and significant
Teachers reported that students were an average of two months behind at the time of the survey, with low-income and at-risk students suffering higher setbacks in every market.
–Li-Kai Chen is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Kuala Lumpur office; Emma Dorn is a senior expert in the Silicon Valley office; Jimmy Sarakatsannis is a partner in the Washington, DC, office; and Anna Wiesinger is a partner in the Düsseldorf office.
The preliminary COVID Slide estimates suggest students could begin fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading from the prior year relative to a typical school year. In mathematics, students may show even smaller learning gains from the previous year, returning with less than 50% of the gains. In lower grades, students may be nearly a full year behind in math compared to what we would observe in normal conditions.
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The impact of COVID-19 on student achievement and what it may mean for educators
Jim Soland, Megan Kuhfeld, Beth Tarasawa, Angela Johnson, Erik Ruzek, and Jing Liu
This research paper suggests that the long-term repercussions for children’s learning could be devastating, with today’s grade 3 students losing as much as 1.5 years’ worth of learning (or more) by the time they reach grade 10 as a consequence of their time out of school. The model suggests that effective remediation efforts immediately upon return to school could reduce long-term learning loss for the cohort of grade 3 students by half.
Modelling the long-run learning impact of the Covid-19 learning shock: Actions to (more than) mitigate loss
Recent evidence suggests that the long-term learning losses from COVID-19 school closures could be big—far surpassing the short-term learning losses experienced during the school closures themselves
The model suggests that if learning in grade three is reduced by one-third, roughly the amount of time many children are likely to be out of school, learning levels in grade 10 would be a full year lower than they would have been with no shock. This is because children have fallen behind the level of instruction while out of school and continue falling further behind as the curriculum progresses once they return.
EDUCATION PLUS DEVELOPMENT
How much learning may be lost in the long-run from COVID-19 and how can mitigation strategies help?