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– Steep Statewide ‘COVID Slide’ Found in English Language Arts and Math Proficiency Throughout New Jersey Classrooms
– By Year’s End, an Additional 143,000 Students Expected to Fall Behind in English Language Arts and More Than 129,000 in Math
– Study Highlights Urgent Need for Interventions to Stop More Students From Falling Off Track Before the Coming School Year
JerseyCAN, a nonprofit focused on advocating for high quality schools for all New Jersey students, released today the first statewide study to quantify learning loss for New Jersey students during this school year. The study entitled, “A Time to Act: COVID-19 Academic Slide in New Jersey,” found significant drops in the number of students proficient — at grade level — in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Compared to 2019 statewide proficiency numbers for students in grades 3-8, there is projected to be a 24 percentile point drop in ELA proficiency and a 23 percentile point drop in Math proficiency.