CDE Announces Ad Hoc Committee to Study Learning Loss from Shuttered Schools
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond has announced the creation of a new committee that will study the pandemic’s impact on student learning and try to find solutions to any loss of academic knowledge or rigor.
The Loss of Learning Ad Hoc Committee is being co-chaired by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and California Teachers Association (CTA) President E. Toby Boyd and features members from the Closing the Achievement Gap task force.
“I’m very concerned about the loss of learning currently being experienced by our K–12 students, especially those students who are already furthest behind,” said Weber. “While California has made a significant investment to ensure that our schools can continue to serve our students during closure, I fear that it will not be enough to make up for the instructional time our students are missing. During this period, we should be looking at how we will supplement that learning loss with bold new education strategies. I look forward to working with the committee to address this unprecedented challenge.”
There are some reasons to be concerned. Using seasonal learning research, NWEA’s Collaborative for Student Growth has concluded that COVID-19 school closures would have a significant impact on student learning, particularly in mathematics.
“Preliminary COVID slide estimates suggest students will return in fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year,” the report said. “However, in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains, returning with less than 50% of the learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.”