Public Schools' Challenges

- September 23, 2022
Can they help students recover from pandemic losses?
Photo of third grader in Hooper Avenue School, Los Angeles, California, on June 23, 2021. (Getty Images/Los Angeles Times/Carolyn Cole)
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be an enormous challenge for schools and their students. Many schools shut down in-person classes for months, particularly in large cities and Democratic-led states. The result has been serious learning loss for many students, most notably among Black, Hispanic and low-income children.

Why did Black, Hispanic and low-income students experience greater learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic?

How did COVID-19 affect your learning experience? Did you undergo learning loss? If so, what did you do to help catch up?

1800s–1910sU.S. public schools grow in number and take on a mission of citizenship instruction, while remaining segregated by race.
1950s–1970sThe U.S. government expands its role in education.
1980s–1990sVouchers, charter schools and other alternatives to public schools take root.
2000s–PresentAccountability measures, such as standardized test scores, become universal.

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