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Tri-state schools battle pandemic learning loss

NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) – Indiana students are hard at work this week, taking their state-standardized ILEARN tests.

As the state measures how much students have learned this school year, schools are struggling to recover from the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many people use test results to judge a school and the level of student learning.

Newburgh Elementary School Principal Dr. Holly Arnold encourages people to look at the scores in a different way.

“Don’t focus so much on how many students pass the test as how many students grow through the year, and make that a focal point,” Arnold said.

The pandemic has posed many challenges to education, forcing students into remote learning or modified classrooms.

Dr. Arnold says his teachers have done a great job of compensating for any learning loss.

“Just doing what we can and working with small groups, working individually when possible, to attract those students and try to help improve those skills,” Arnold said.

Unconventional learning did not only affect younger students.

Webster County High School principal Jarrod Hankins said his staff are working hard to make up for lost time.

“Obviously we have to recover from the hit that it was, you know, to get back on track,” Hankins said.

He says his school uses programs already in place to provide students with additional one-on-one support.

“What this does is it gives us a quick snapshot to be able to identify where that student is and perhaps targeted corrective actions that can be taken to help that student improve that standard,” he said. he declares.

Administrators say it’s summer school or after-school tutoring, their teachers have done a great job of re-adapting students to a traditional learning environment.

While students have been in person for most of the school year, teachers are struggling to address learning loss.

With COVID-19 loosening its grip on people’s lives, students are back in class full time.

The two administrators say this should soon get students back on track, if they’ve fallen behind.

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