Today’s release of testing data from the Spring 2021 LEAP assessments confirms what was suspected: the pandemic had a significant negative impact on student performance.
Today’s data shows more students scoring unsatisfactory, fewer students scoring mastery, and widened achievement gaps. It is clear our state has much work to do.
We must continue to address learning loss. While we at Stand for Children Louisiana are pleased with the state’s commitment to educate students while protecting the health and wellbeing of students and teachers throughout this crisis, our state wasn’t prepared enough for what we faced. The performance data released today clearly shows that student achievement was higher when students had access to in person instruction.
As we face another surge in COVID-19 cases, we must again prioritize in person instruction while adhering to all advised safety precautions to protect the health and well-being of students, teachers, and staff.
The data clearly shows student learning was negatively impacted by instructional time lost during school closures and the piloting of virtual instruction. As a state, we have proven that we can hold multiple priorities at the same time, and we must do so again by ensuring in person instruction with appropriate health and safety measures in place.