As we near the end of the pandemic (hopefully) and prepare for a post-pandemic world, we realize that the three years of the pandemic have left a huge learning gap in school students.
Reason: School Closures and Lost Instructional Time
DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills assessment) data indicates that more young kindergarteners and elementary school learners are falling behind in study. Amplify, a curriculum and assessment company analysed the DIBELS report and compared data across three consecutive school years: 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22.
Path Forward: Proactive Efforts to Accelerate Learning
According to Susan Lambert, the chief academic officer of elementary humanities at Amplify, this data is a clarion call to help this generation of students. She has specifically made recommendations that she believes need to be followed by the schools like a gospel.
The Milwaukee Public School System has devised a new power standard program for its students. The educators will be required to follow specifically designated instruction while teaching students for the first six weeks, addressing the prerequisite skills needed for a student of a particular grade. Such programs could be helpful to attain the expected mastery of grade-level content during and after COVID-19, despite the substantial instructional loss. Source
3. High Impact Tutoring
As evident from the title, this means high impact, one-on-one tutoring of the students schoolwide or through personal tutors.