Low-income students in California are victims of ‘substantial learning loss’ during pandemic: Study

A new study revealed that young and low-income students in California have been hit the hardest by pandemic-related school closures, showing a significant drop in test scores that has researchers worried the gap may be hard to overcome.

“We found that there has been substantial learning loss, especially in the earlier grades, in both ELA and Math. But most importantly, we show that the pandemic and its related disruptions to schooling in California have disproportionately affected low-income students,” the study noted. “Average learning loss estimates mask the reality that some students in California are suffering much more during this time than are others.”

The study, conducted by the
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