North Carolina students make ‘significant strides’ recovering from pandemic learning loss
North Carolina’s school children made “significant strides” during the 2021-22 school year in recovering from lost instructional time that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) report released Tuesday. On average, students showed signs of academic recovery in every subject, Jeni Corn, NCDPI’s director of research and […]
Monday numbers: A closer look at teacher attrition rates in NC
As North Carolina schools experience unprecedented learning loss across all grades, the state is facing another challenge: How to keep and recruit the best and brightest teachers. It is, in large part, those educators who will determine how well North Carolina's school children bounce back academically two years into the pandemic.
COVID-19 disruptions negatively impacted all of North Carolina’s schoolchildren
All of North Carolina’s schoolchildren were negatively impacted by pandemic-related school disruptions, according to a new state report released on Wednesday. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) report showed that “learning progress” slowed across all grades and subjects due to COVID-19 disruptions. Michael Maher, executive director of the NCDPI Office of Learning Recovery and […]
Monday numbers: A closer (and sobering) look at NC’s response to the mental health needs of the state’s children
"We've known for years what works in public education, but we've allowed our differences and our fears to stand in our way." State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis told members the House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future last week that the state must rapidly increase the number of skilled professional psychologists, social workers and school counselors to help students after two years of pandemic stresses.
Mary Ann Wolf, President and CEO of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, discusses the teacher shortage and the state’s top education issues
Read: The Public School Forum’s Top Education Issue report for 2022
Sobering test results confirm pandemic’s toll on state’s schoolchildren
State test results show that student learning suffered greatly last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer than half of students – 45.4% – in grades K-12 passed state reading, math and science exams during the 2020-21 school year. The much-anticipated scores were released this week during the State Board of Education’s regular meeting.
Duke scholars offer back-to-school advice on rising COVID-19 infections, stress and learning loss
From left to right: Danny Benjamin, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Robin Gurwitch, professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Harris Cooper, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience
Governors, school leaders offer look at how states will address learning loss
The National Governors Association (NGA) in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) shared a white paper Thursday that highlights “trends and notable strategies” states are using to address COVID-19 learning loss. The paper was prepared by Education First, a national strategy and policy organization. “One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced state and school leaders across the nation and around the world to immediately […]
Fall test scores show learning remotely was a struggle for North Carolina’s school children
Scores on state tests taken in the fall show that students across North Carolina have not fared well academically during a year when many of them learned remotely. On the beginning-of-grade third grade reading test, 58.2% of students across the state scored Level 1, which is the lowest level. Three quarters of third graders aren’t proficient. High schools returned to school buildings […]
House bill would require summer school, frequent testing to address learning loss
A bill filed by House Republicans on Monday requires school district to offer six weeks of learning recovery and enrichment programs after the regular school year ends. House Bill 82 — “Summer Learning Choice for Families” — would also require “innovative” and frequent testing throughout the school year to assess student learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It amends the […]