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THE COVID-19 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

THE COVID-19 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAPS
Experts say that children are at risk of academic achievement gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Washington Post article titled  "Why covid-19 will ‘explode’ existing academic achievement gaps" states the following:

"The covid-19 pandemic will take existing academic achievement differences between middle-class and low-income students and explode them."

"The achievement gap mostly results from social-class based advantages that some children bring to school and that others lack, as well as disadvantages stemming from racial discrimination that only some children have to face."

"The coronavirus, unfortunately, will only exacerbate the effects of these advantages."

"Even with distance learning being established by schools and teachers — many of whom are now busy with their own children at home — too many students in low-income and rural communities don’t have Internet access: 35 percent of low-income households with school-aged children don’t have high-speed Internet; for moderate-income families it is 17 percent, and only 6 percent for middle-class and affluent families. When measured by race and ethnicity, the gap is greater for African American and Hispanic families."



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