Early elementary schoolchildren who were age one to four in Spring 2020, when the pandemic disrupted education, continue to show a lack of school readiness in math and reading skills, according to a report in Education Slice.
According to fall 2023 results from assessment company Curriculum Associates, more kindergartners in fall 2023, those who were one to two years old in March 2020, began the school year below grade level in reading, compared to kindergartners from fall 2019.
The Curriculum Associates data includes a nationally representative sampling across fall 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023 of 7.8m K-2 students for math, and 5.9m K-2 students for reading.
The data aligns with other research showing post-pandemic concerns about academic and social-emotional school preparedness among young students. Lower levels of kindergarten readiness are linked to poorer outcomes in elementary through high school academics, according to research.