COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss & Recommendations to Close the Gap

COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss & Recommendations to Close the Gap

Most students experience some level of learning loss (summer slide) when they return to school after summer break. But what about this school year, when most students have been out of the classroom and without direct instruction for almost six months?

To give educators a better idea of what to expect–and how to prepare–we analyzed data from FastBridge reading and math assessments from prior years to estimate learning loss as a result of spring school closures.

Just how far behind will students be when they return to learning this fall? Download our report to review the data and get recommendations for addressing greater-than-normal learning loss.

About the Authors:

John Bielinski, Ph.D., Sr. Dir. of Research & Development, Illuminate Education

Dr. John Bielinski

Dr. Bielinski is an educational researcher and test developer with expertise in differential item functioning, growth modeling, and diagnostic math assessment. For the past seven years, John’s professional work focused on developing RtI/MTSS educational assessment systems and methodologies.

Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP, Senior Academic Officer, Illuminate Education

Dr. Rachel Brown

Dr. Brown is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist, and has consulted with numerous school districts to support RtI implementation. She was a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine from 2000-2016 and prior to obtaining her doctorate taught middle and high school history and special education for 10 years.

Kyle Wagner, Ph.D., NCSP, Research Associate, Illuminate Education

Dr. Kyle Wagner

Dr. Wagner is a research associate at Illuminate Education. He has several years of experience as a school psychologist in Texas and Minnesota. He also has several publications and presentations on topics including psychometrics, curriculum-based measures, and academic intervention. Kyle is currently working with the FastBridge suite of products at Illuminate Education.

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