District 65 students show significant declines in math performance during pandemic

District 65 student performance has declined in math during the past two years — the COVID-19 years — but has remained relatively constant in reading. This is consistent with national trends.

Across the country, the pandemic has had a social and emotional impact on students, parents, teachers and administrators, and has also had an impact on student learning.

RoundTable published an article on February 24, 2022 showing trends in student performance on five Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests given to students in District 65 over the past two years. This article looks at how students in District 65 are doing academically after two years of the pandemic, this time with the benefit of student scores on the recent Winter MAP test. All data were obtained through Freedom of Information requests.

The pandemic hit in March 2020, and schools in District 65 were closed for face-to-face learning from mid-March 2020 to mid-February 2021. Parents had the option to send their children back to schools for face-to-face learning in mid-2020. 2020. February 2021, or continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year. At the start of the 2021-22 school year, all students were required to return to face-to-face learning.

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The chart below shows the percentage of third- to eighth-grade students, by subgroup, who scored at or above the 50th percentile in reading and math on the winter MAP tests given in the 2021-2022 school year (SY’22). The graph shows that a greater percentage of students in each subgroup scored at or above the 50th percentile in reading than in math. The biggest difference is for black students: 43% scored above 50º percentile in reading, but only 30% in math. In addition, there remain large gaps in achievement between subgroups.

The charts below show achievement trends for three subgroups. The first graph shows the percentage of black, Hispanic, and white students who scored at or above the 50th percentile in reading on six different MAP tests taken in the past two years. The next graph shows the same type of information, but for math.

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