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There are 2 comments on POV: Plummeting Math Achievement Scores Confirm Pandemic’s Impact on US Public School Students

  1. Thank you so much for writing this piece and sharing such and important part of how the pandemic has impacted us as a society. I know that personally as a college student my learning was greatly impacted by the pandemic and I am worried about my own future as a result. It feels to me that during the semesters that I spent remote learning, I didn’t process the information as well and sometimes it even feels like a black hole in my educational career. This feeling is definitely unsettling and stressful, especially as I approach graduation and a future career in my field. I can’t help but wonder if this experience has permanently damaged my abilities to succeed in the future within my field of choice.

    I can’t even imagine how stressful it must be for students at lower grade levels to feel as lost as I do in my education as a result of the pandemic. Especially because education at these lower grade levels lays the foundation for everything that you learn moving forward. I know you said learning has mostly returned to pre-pandemic levels, but missing out on any learning at critical grade levels like fourth and eighth grade is a scary prospect.

    I wanted to know if you know of any further studies that have been done or that are currently in progress that are tracking this long-term? Has there been any interest in seeing if this blip in education will impact these kids in the future in terms of collegiate or professional success?

  2. I totally agree with your thoughts about how COVID negatively affected us students. For me, when I had to took courses remotely at my second year in BU, it was a severe nightmare. I just began to be adapt to my college life but suddenly it was just over. My grades dropped sharply in that year because it was so hard for me to learn a thing if I had to face a screen all day and could not get professors’ assistances face to face. My college life is just like what you said in your articles: a sharp drop and slowly recovering. So when I acknowledge that most students and schools are tortured as same as me, I feel so worried about them. Hopefully, they could return and get adapt to their school life soon.

    Still one problem: I was curious about students’ performances in other courses, not just only in mathematics. If all of them are dropping sharply, that is what we should be worried about.

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