Report Details Learning Loss Among LA Students

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified. It paints a troubling picture.

The report, Education Recovery Now, says learning loss has affected all students, with 56,000 not actively participating in daily distance learning and two out of three students behind in literacy and math. Challenges have been most acute among Black and Latinos. Just 43% of Black students and 44% of Latino students are demonstrating sufficient reading skills.

“Within the next four years alone, 40,000 current LAUSD high school students or more are at risk and could potentially not earn their high school diploma,” the authors warned.

The report advises greater preparation for the effects of this learning loss as children return to school.

“The consequence of moving into the fall semester without an understanding of students’ academic and social-emotional standing after several months of missed learning time in the spring is that the district missed a major opportunity to establish a concrete plan to address engagement problems and the learning losses accumulated from the spring,” the report said.

Read the report, including a list of specific recommendations, here.