WASHINGTON, D.C. — Schools are seeing a sharp drop in test scores for many students.
>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<
New numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics show students scored 40-percent below “basic proficiency” last year in history and civics.
However, the new numbers also point to a pattern of lower scores across the board.
READ: Recall alert: Ford recalls 231K vehicles due to incorrectly installed airbag inflators
The report is called the Nation’s Report Card, and now, the results are dropping to levels that haven’t been seen since the 1990s.
“The declines that we’re seeing, particularly in U.S. History, were widespread for lower, middle, and higher performing students,” NCES Statistician Ebony Walton said.
🔎 New from The Nation's Report Card: Civics & U.S. history scores declined among 8th-graders in 2022. Read on for what you need to know.— NAEP, The Nation's Report Card (@NAEP_NCES) May 3, 2023
🗳️ Civics: https://t.co/JYka7cmWv7
🏛️ U.S. History: https://t.co/ZpyawdYtbB
1/12 #Education #EduTwitter pic.twitter.com/ivNPL2tS2i
According to NCES data, eighth grade scores dropped in U.S. History and civics. 40-percent of students scored below basic proficiency in 2022, but the bigger worry may be what researchers call a continued pattern of lower test scores across several subjects, including math and reading.
“On the whole, we are seeing- particularly for our lower-performing students- declines almost across the board, regardless of subject,” Walton said.
READ: New passenger compensation for flight delays, cancellation rules to be developed
Educators believe that the learning loss is a result of the pandemic and schools closing their doors.
Now, the focus in many classrooms is how to address the problem.
The federal government has sent billions of dollars in relief funds to schools, requiring them to spend at least 20-percent addressing learning loss.
“It was obvious from the beginning that children were suffering from shuttered classrooms,” Utah Republican Rep. Burgess Owens said.
READ: Daytona Beach police investigating 2 shootings within 2 miles of each other
“We need to stay focused on getting students back to where they would’ve been,” Democrat from the Northern Mariana Islands Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan added.
Educators are also pushing for more one-on-one learning. Many say they believe that may be the best way to bridge the pandemic learning gap.
Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.
©2023 Cox Media Group