By Laura Waters at NJ Education Report

This morning JerseyCAN released the first statewide report that quantifies learning loss for New Jersey students during the COVID-19 school closures and reliance on remote instruction. Results, as described in “A Time to Act: COVID-19 Academic Slide in New Jersey,” will come as no surprise for those following parent/teacher/district concerns about student achievement: Compared to 2019 statewide proficiency numbers for students in grades 3-8, the report projects a 30 percentile point drop in English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency and a 36 percentile point drop in math proficiency. Also, student learning loss is disproportionately borne by low-income, Black, and Latino families: more than 300,000 students in large urban districts such as Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City have gone more than a year without in-school instruction.

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