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Pandemic propels NC student test scores back to 1990s levels

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The pandemic propelled North Carolina students back to the last century in math and reading achievement, according to the Nation’s Report Card.

Nationwide, students who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress last spring, the first since the pandemic began, showed the biggest drop in math performance in 4th and 8th grades since the program began in 1990.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said the results are the latest evidence of significant learning loss during the pandemic, which forced schools to transition to remote learning through much of the 2020-21 school year.

In North Carolina, 25 percent of fourth grade students scored below the basic level in math, and for 8th graders, 39 percent scored below the basic level in math.

In reading, 39 percent of North Carolina fourth graders fell below the basic level, and the data shows that 34 percent of eighth graders scored below the basic level in reading.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.