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How Kids Are Performing is based on insights from millions of student assessments. The report explores key questions, including:

  • How has the pandemic truly impacted students’ reading and math performance at each grade level?
  • Is the impact reflected in growth outcomes?
  • Does the impact vary by student subgroup? Have existing achievement gaps widened?
  • Can we interpret the pandemic’s impact in instructional terms?

How Kids Are Performing

Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and Mathematics Achievement

State-level trends

To estimate the pandemic’s impact on student learning, we drew on a sample of over 5 million students in grades 1–8 from all 50 states plus DC who took Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, or Star Math assessments during both Fall 2019 and Fall 2020.

Below, state-level summaries are provided for two of the metrics included in the report. Summaries are based on the students who took the Star Assessments and are not necessarily representative of the state population.

Subjects

States

  • Alabama
    AL
  • Alaska
    AK
  • Arizona
    AZ
  • Arkansas
    AR
  • California
    CA
  • Colorado
    CO
  • Connecticut
    CT
  • Delaware
    DE
  • District of Columbia
    DC
  • Florida
    FL
  • Georgia
    GA
  • Hawaii
    HI
  • Idaho
    ID
  • Illinois
    IL
  • Indiana
    IN
  • Iowa
    IA
  • Kansas
    KS
  • Kentucky
    KY
  • Louisiana
    LA
  • Maine
    ME
  • Maryland
    MD
  • Massachusetts
    MA
  • Michigan
    MI
  • Minnesota
    MN
  • Mississippi
    MS
  • Missouri
    MO
  • Montana
    MT
  • Nebraska
    NE
  • Nevada
    NV
  • New Hampshire
    NH
  • New Jersey
    NJ
  • New Mexico
    NM
  • New York
    NY
  • North Carolina
    NC
  • North Dakota
    ND
  • Ohio
    OH
  • Oklahoma
    OK
  • Oregon
    OR
  • Pennsylvania
    PA
  • Rhode Island
    RI
  • South Carolina
    SC
  • South Dakota
    SD
  • Tennessee
    TN
  • Texas
    TX
  • Utah
    UT
  • Vermont
    VT
  • Virginia
    VA
  • Washington
    WA
  • West Virginia
    WV
  • Wisconsin
    WI
  • Wyoming
    WY
Wisconsin

Data for this time period is unavailable for Wisconsin.

MTSS Risk Categories for

Comparison of distribution of students by Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) risk categories for (grades ), Fall versus Fall

MTSS Risk Categories
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From to Fall , the percentage of students at or above benchmark ---.

2020
2019

Sample size: --- students

Nationwide
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From to Fall , the percentage of students at or above benchmark increased by ---.

2020
2019

Sample size: --- students

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Intervention
On watch
At/above benchmark

Student Growth Percentile for

Comparison of median Student Growth Percentile (SGP) levels for (grades ), Fall versus Fall

Student Growth Percentile
---

From to Fall , the median SGP ---.

--- 2020
--- 2019
Nationwide
---

From to Fall , the median SGP increased by ---.

--- 2020
--- 2019

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Notes

1.

This presentation summarizes selected How Kids Are Performing analyses by state and subject, relying on historical records as well as data from August through mid-October 2020. Refer to the national report for details on methods, samples, and limitations. For more information about the Star Assessments, start here.

2.

Not all states have been included in this presentation due to small sample sizes. We excluded states if there were fewer than 10 schools and/or fewer than 2,000 students per subject. Please also note that the state-level results presented here may not be representative of any state’s student population.

3.

Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

The Wall Street Journal

Student Test Scores Drop in Math Since COVID-19 Pandemic

American children started school this fall significantly behind expectations in math, and modestly behind in some grades in reading, according to the new How Kids Are Performing report.

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