The COVID-19 Slide: Using seasonal learning patterns to predict learning loss

The COVID-19 Slide: Using seasonal learning patterns to predict learning loss

August 20, 2020 0
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The research on learning loss due to school closures was compiled and reported on early in the midst of COVID-19 shutdowns with the hope that most students would be back in the classroom by the fall 2020 semester. Now, with our first semester fast approaching and distance learning as our students’ primary placement, we are faced with a larger challenge: closing the learning loss gap while preventing it from widening with continued at-home schooling.

The NWEA, a national not-for-profit organization that creates adaptive Pre K-12 assessments, used its research on summer learning loss to estimate potential impacts on learning from COVID-19 related school closures. Their preliminary estimates suggest that “students may return in fall 2020 with less than 50% of typical learning gains, and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would expect…under normal conditions.”

For many, predictions on learning loss didn’t need to be made. We know our children with special education needs are at the highest risk for learning loss. Attending school provides them with far more than academic support — their ability to practice safe socialization, predictability and routine, and essential therapies like occupational and speech therapy are at the core of their learning along with reading and mathematics.

The NWEA posed the question, “what can we do to mitigate these academic projections?”

Triton Support Services wants to answer that question. We want to partner with you and your family to help reduce the learning losses associated with school closures. Most importantly, we want to show students with special education needs how to feel successful in their learning.

Triton’s Learning Matters Coaching Pods are small groups that meet three times a week for four hour sessions. They’re designed for students that are still emerging in their learning, typically receive push-in and/or pull-out services in school, and/or have a need for developing skills related to organization, socialization, and academics.

Talk to our Parent Representative today about how we can best support you and your family. Reach out to parentrep@tritonsupportservices.com today!

Other resources at Triton: 

  • Parent Coaching Webinars (Ask the Experts is coming up on August 25th!)
  • Learning assessments in language and literacy skills
  • Speech & language and occupational therapy assessments

    View the full analysis from NWEA here.


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