Dear Academic Approach Friends and Colleagues:

As we gather more data from fall testing and our own internal diagnostic testing, we’re eager to understand the impact of extended summer learning loss. How will the COVID-slide reflect in this data?

The Challenging Reality

Experts are predicting significant learning loss for students, especially those students with extended remote learning experience this school year and students with poor-quality remote learning. An analysis by McKinsey and Company projected learning loss in a variety of scenarios:


Even in the best-case scenarios, students are losing 3-4 months of learning; in the worst-case scenarios, the loss could be as much as a year. This loss is particularly significant for low-income students. Even worse, the negative impacts will likely lead to significant increases in high school dropout rates, based on historical experiences following disasters like Hurricane Katarina or Maria. The disengagement and poor attendance in school could lead to an additional 2-9% of high-school students dropping out—between 232,000 to as many as 1.1 million current 9th through 11th graders. These numbers only look at a few, more measurable impacts of the loss of in-school time; the social-emotional costs may be even more significant.

How can we address these challenges?

We’re working on developing new academic programming to better support engagement and academic progress with our families and school partners. Our targeted academic support helps students review key content they may have missed while previewing upcoming content and providing enrichment to students. Learn more about our academic Study Teams programming here

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