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The number of months elementary-school students across America are behind on reading as a result of school closures, online learning, and other pandemic restrictions imposed in 2020 and 2021. Elementary students are five months behind on math. Consulting firm McKinsey & Co., which studied test results for 1.6 million American schoolchildren this past spring, found academic results were even worse for majority-black schools and schools with more low-income students. As schools open back up for the fall, teachers must catch students up while a new variant of the coronavirus threatens to disrupt another school year.
The share of preschool, K-12, college, and university students around the world whose schools were closed on March 30, 2020, due to pandemic restrictions, according to UNESCO.
The annual rate of economic growth lost for the world as a consequence of school shutdowns in 2020 and 2021, according to an estimate in Comparative Education Review.
The decline in U.S. public-school student enrollment from the 2019-20 school year to 2020-21—a drop of 3 percent.
The bundle of cash Congress set aside in 2020 and 2021 for public-school systems to address learning loss, upgrade sanitation services, or deal with other hardships related to the pandemic.
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