*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on The Epoch Times.
Elementary school students in the United States fell behind five months in mathematics and four months in reading by the end of the 2020–21 school year, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company.
Students faced a range of issues, including shifting schedules, being assigned new teachers in the middle of the year, difficulty connecting to the internet, and weariness from classes conducted, for many, mostly online.
That led to a drop in performance and ending the year well behind in math and reading, core learning components of elementary education.
The company compared performance in the spring of 2021 with the performance of similar students prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, using data from Curriculum Associates, which did in-school assessments of students across 50 states for math and 46 states for reading.
Read the full McKinsey report here.