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Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research – Education Recovery Scorecard


Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research is Creating Actionable Data for States and Districts to Address Pandemic Related Learning Loss

During the 2022-23 school year, students in many states made historic gains in math and reading following unprecedented learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, research from the Education Recovery Scorecard shows that they made up only one-third of the pandemic loss in math and one-quarter of the loss in reading. 

The Education Recovery Scorecard, a collaboration between Dr. Thomas Kane, Faculty Director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and Dr. Sean Reardon at the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, tracks math and reading achievement for individual districts in 30 states. The findings inspire both urgency and hope: urgency, because, as of Spring 2023 testing, students in 17 states remained more than a third of a grade level behind 2019 levels in math and students in 14 states remained more than a third of a grade level behind in reading. Hope, because the new data do, for the first time, highlight communities that have made substantial progress toward catching up. Drs. Kane and Reardon lead the national dialogue surrounding pandemic-induced learning loss and provide unparalleled insights to guide academic recovery efforts.

Coverage of the Education Recovery Scorecard includes more than 1,582 state and local press stories have been published covering the results across the country. National news coverage of their research includes:

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