By: Patrick Wall at Chalkbeat Newark

The pandemic pulled some New Jersey students even further behind this school year and worsened learning disparities across race and class lines, according to a new analysis of student test scores.

The analysis, which the advocacy group JerseyCAN commissioned, is the first to try to quantify the pandemic’s impact on student achievement across multiple New Jersey districts this school year. And it might be the only one for some time, as the state only recently began collecting local test data from districts and it is still unclear when and how many students will take this year’s state tests.

The report comes as New Jersey is set to receive billions of additional federal dollars to help schools recover from the pandemic — with at least $636 million meant to combat student learning loss.

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