Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

You’ll recall some of the grim forecasts from the spring about the impact of remote learning on student learning. NWEA forecasted that students would return to the classroom with less than 50% of the gains in math compared with a typical school year.

What does this mean? This means students who scored in the 50th percentile on the fall 2019 test in math would score between the 40th and 30th percentile in fall 2020.

Instead, NWEA has recently shared data from those students who were able to take fall 2020 testing that shows math performance down about half what was projected: a drop of 5 to 10 percentile points, putting those students between the 45th and 40th percentile.

However, with 25% of students—some of the most underserved students—not testing (because of lack of access and opportunity), these numbers do not capture the complete potential loss sustained.

We’re working with families and our school partners to offer academic support to help close gaps in learning—large or small—as we continue to help navigate this challenging school year and maintain academic progress. This Thursday we’ll release information about a new package we’ll be offering to promote academic success.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO