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.


On-Demand Webinar


New research from Illuminate Education confirms that students across the board started this school year behind where they are after a typical summer break. During this on-demand webinar, the researchers who authored the report, COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss and Recommendations to Close the Gap, review new data about COVID learning loss and answer:

  • Did certain grade levels experience more pronounced learning loss than others?
  • Did core subjects experience the same levels of learning loss, or did one suffer more than the other?
  • Exactly how far behind were students when instruction resumed?
  • What can educators do to help catch students up quickly?

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the impact of school closures on students’ academic skills and learn strategies to address learning loss within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists.

About Our Presenters:

John Bielinski, Ph.D., Sr. Dir. of Research & Development, Illuminate EducationJohn 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 EducationRachel 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 EducationKyle 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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