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A new report finds New Jersey students have fallen behind in math and language arts at alarming rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic and says most of them aren’t expected to meet grade-level benchmarks this year.
The nonprofit JerseyCAN projects almost two out of every five students—about 143,000—who were meeting grade-level standards in language arts are no longer on track to fulfill them. The numbers get worse in math, where half of students—about 129,000—meeting grade-level expectations are no longer expected to do so. Black and Latino students are falling the furthest behind, while Asian students actually saw an increase in proficiency, the data show.