Unlike those who can afford private tutors or to send their children to private school, underprivileged children are left without the necessary building blocks for a successful future in their schooling.
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The consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. examined the spring 2021 test results of 1.6 million students in grades first through sixth in the United States and found that pandemic-era children performed well below their pre-pandemic counterparts.
In reading and math, pandemic-era school children were four and five months behind, respectively. McKinsey also found that students in majority black schools were approximately six months behind in both math and reading. Those who attended schools where the average income was below $25,000 had fallen seven months behind in math, and six months behind in reading.
Unlike those who can afford private tutors or to send their children to private school, underprivileged children are left without the necessary building blocks for a successful future in their schooling. McKinsey further notes that these months of lost learning could result in a $49,000 to $61,000 decrease in lifetime earnings.
To learn more about the impact lockdowns had on our nation’s children see the Wall Street Journal.
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