Test scores rise as children return to class: report

A new report from Renaissance Learning has revealed that test scores are increasing as students return to class.

The report released Wednesday found growth from fall to winter in the 2021-22 school year was higher than the same period the previous year.

In the 2021-2022 school year, most students across the country were back in the classroom after the previous year saw a significant number of children learning at home.

Growth “still remains below typical growth in most grade levels” in previous years before the pandemic, the report said. The pandemic has forced millions of students across the country to switch to virtual learning.

Although growth in the current school year is better than the previous year, the children entered the 2021-2022 school year with an overall lower performance than the previous year.

At the start of this school year, students fell further behind in their studies than in the 2020-2021 school year.

“What we’ve seen consistently across all grade levels is that this year students have generally started school a bit worse in terms of overall performance,” said Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice-Chancellor. president and director of studies of the company. “That was the bad news – performance was down a bit more year over year.”

Renaissance Learning says the results are “suggesting that the pandemic continues to have an aggravating effect on student achievement” as students have again fallen behind with virtual learning.

Kerns said that for students to enter a school year with strong overall performance, growth over the school year will need to be consistent and even greater than current rates.

The study analyzed 4.4 million early literacy or reading assessments from 19,046 schools and 2.9 million math assessments from 12,754 schools across all states and the District of Columbia.

Amanda J. Marsh