How Newark failed to release data on students’ learning loss during the pandemic

‘It looks like the vast majority of students were not expected to pass the state exam if they took them,’ said Chalkbeat Newark reporter Patrick Wall

After extended school closures caused limited learning during the pandemic, newly released standardized test results show that Newark students struggled this year and the district had the information but failed to share it with the public. Nearly 80% of third graders and almost 90% of fourth graders would “not meet the passing score” on state math exams, according to a district analysis of the tests. In addition, the students likely continued to slip behind as remote learning stretched on.

Yet the district took steps that intentionally or not withheld the pandemic’s full impact on its student body from families and the community.

READ: The pandemic set back student learning. Newark kept the data under wraps

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