Much research and attention has been given to identifying and quantifying the learning loss our students have experienced in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions. According to a December 2020 report from testing nonprofit NWEA (covering nearly 4.4 million U.S. students in grades three through eight), “…on average, students showed growth in both math and reading across the grade levels in almost all grades…but mitigating the learning loss that is happening will still require patience and a thoughtful approach.”
But how do we address the unfinished learning this summer and fall? How do we envision the supports and interventions needed for kids over a multi-year runway to ensure we learn and grow from the recent disruptions? “Depending on the depth of learning lost, school districts could consider a range of options, including extending the school year, investing in new curriculum and offering robust summer school programs,” shares Sucheta Kamath, Founder and CEO, ExQ®. “Whatever the choices, one thing is critical: we should be carving out time, tools and budgets to directly, and explicitly teach our students the cognitive Executive Function and social-emotional skills they need to develop self-awareness about their own learn strengths and challenges.”
To further support Middle and High School students, ExQ® is offering two great products to empower learning because summer is the time to for students to shine!
Both products help transform pandemic school disruptions and learning loss into opportunities for successful growth through engaging, online, game-based curriculum for individualized student practice in improving performance with measurable results.