New Research As Featured in the New York Times

The Education Recovery Scorecard provides the first opportunity to compare learning loss and ensuing recovery at the district level across the country, providing opportunities to further understand how time remote, federal dollars expenditure, and other factors impacted students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how some districts have made substantial progress toward academic recovery.

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Change In Average Math Scores

This map only represents the states that have publicly reported their 2022 assessment data.

Change In Average Reading Scores

This map only represents the states that have publicly reported their 2022 assessment data.

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Districts Making Progress

Birmingham, Alabama

Nashville, Tennessee

In the News

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  • New York Times

Pandemic school closures upended U.S. education. Many students lost significant ground, and the federal government invested billions to help them recover.

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  • Washington Post

Overall, average test scores improved for both poor and nonpoor students in the 15 states for which researchers had economic data. But the improvements were larger for students who were not from poor families. As a result, the gap in achievement based on income grew.

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  • Education Week

Student test scores are on a path to recovery nearly four years after the pandemic wreaked havoc on K-12 academics, extensive new data analyzed and released by a group of education researchers this week indicate.

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  • WJLA Washington D.C.

Harvard researcher, Tom Kane, speaks with Megan Clarke about the challenges that students are facing in academic recovery.

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  • Boston 25 News

Between 2019 and 2023, Massachusetts was among the states with the largest widening between high and low-income districts in both math and reading.

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  • CT Examiner

Despite massive infusions of federal COVID dollars into the state’s poorest schools and a return to normal schooling, the gap between math scores in rich and poor districts – which widened significantly during the pandemic – continues to grow.

Contact Us

For more information or an answer to a specific question regarding the data, please submit your questions through the form to Rachel Tropp at the Center for Education Policy Research.