*** A new Quizlet data study found that:

  • High schoolers in such states as Florida, Georgia, and Texas that offered some or all in-person instruction during the pandemic returned to “pre-CCOVID” levels during fall 2020.
  • For Florida, it was a 95% of pre-pandemic levels; in Georgia it was 107%, and, in Texas, it was 104%
  • Students in states that stuck with remote learning for most of the 2020-21 school year experienced learning losses up to 40% higher than those who remained in class; those kids will need catch-up resources.

*** Data released by NWEA on 3rd through 8th graders found that, by the end of the 2020-21 school year, they were 6 percentile points behind in reading and 12 points behind in math. Moreover, students at low-income schools dropped from the 35th percentile to the 24th, an 11-point drop.

*** 20% of school and district leaders plan to adopt hybrid models this fall, up 10% from a month ago; less than 10% will instruct remotely.

*** According to an Education Week state data analysis, more than 1.4 million students never enrolled in their public schools during the pandemic, a loss spread out across every demographic group.

*** According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of homeschooling households rose from 3.3% in spring 2020 to 16.1% in the fall.

*** A RealClear Opinion Research June poll of more than 1762 registered voters, found that 74% support school choice; 16% were opposed, and 10% were unsure: 83% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, and 70% of Democrats.

*** The Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s appeal, thus leaving in place a lower court’s ruling that transgender student Gavin Grimm is protected under federal law and should be able to use a bathroom at his high school that corresponds to his gender identity.

*** Oklahoma, along with such states as Arizona, Idaho, and Wisconsin, now require students to pass the citizenship test given by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to graduate.

~ With my thanks and good wishes for the 2021-22 school year, Carol