Learning loss proved true after 9-year-olds were tested on their lessons during the pandemic

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) — The past two years have been difficult for little learners around the world who have had to navigate the learning of the pandemic.

Now back to classroom teaching, a recent test shows how detrimental virtual learning was.

A recent test from the National Center for Education Statistics surveyed 9-year-olds about their reading and math skills during the pandemic.

The test ran from 2020 to 2022 and, for the first time, reported record numbers in both fields of study.

Math scores saw their first-ever drop, dropping seven points to 234, while reading scores fell five points to 215, its lowest score since 1990.

For parents, teachers and students, pandemic learning was new territory for everyone involved.

“Developmentally, not having this constant interaction with peers, with your school, with your in-person educators, it really caused a lot of disruption in classes when the kids came back,” says Tracy Fisher, candidate for the State Department of Education.

Now that the kids are 100% back in the classroom, it’s important that they familiarize themselves with what they’ve learned over the past two years.

For those at Killeen ISD, there is no need for a paid tutor. Remedial education is easy and free.

The Jackson Professional Learning Center is open to all students in grades 4-12 with specialist teachers in place to help address any learning loss your child may be experiencing.

“We know exactly what they’re learning, we know exactly what the curriculum is, and we know exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie. So what better place to come than to be mentored by our own teachers and staff,” said KISD instructional coach Regina Beard.

KISD tutors say they have seen learning loss first hand and have been able to resolve the issue.

“I think part of our success here has been the fact that we have a core team of tutors who love kids and love to do whatever it takes for the kids,” said KISD’s educational coach , Barton Jacques.

Making up for two years of lost learning is not something that can be solved overnight, but with continued focus on the issue, it will hopefully soon be a thing of the past.

“We’re not going to put that knowledge in their heads, but they’ll get it,” Tracy said.

Learning loss looks different for all children, but can be corrected if parents and teachers take note.

KISD Jackson Professional Learning Center hours of operation:

Monday Thursday

– 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for primary

– 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for Secondary

Saturday

– 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for all levels

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