From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators warned about the need to support school children during such a difficult and unprecedented time. Anecdotal accounts revealed parents and students struggling to adjust to the new normal, but a new report backs up what many already knew.
COVID-19 took a toll on the nation’s kids.
First-time English learners grappled with language barriers. Students without computers or wifi at home navigated technological disadvantages. Caregivers fell behind on new methods of instruction.The bottom line is that students suffered,and unfortunately some demographic groups dealt with the consequences more than others.
New data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights offers a closer look at the experiences students endured in the 2020–21 school year with disturbing findings for the most vulnerable communities.