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Schools all across the country are working to address the learning loss many students experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National test results from September 2022 are troubling. The National Assessment of Educational Progress data shows that nine-year-olds in math and reading dropped to the levels from two decades ago. Scores in reading fell by the most significant margin in more than 30 years.

During a Board Study Session before the regular board meeting on Monday, October 24, TPS leaders summarized performance levels in English Language Arts and Mathematics for the District. This was regarding the State M-STEP assessment from the 2018-19 school year through the 2021-22 school year for the graduating classes of 2026, 2027, and 2028. The data shows a dip in proficiency during the 2020-21 school year. However, all cohorts regained proficiency to pre-pandemic levels in both subjects except for one area; sixth-grade math.

“We are encouraged that almost all M-STEP scores have rebounded and, in some cases, exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Our goal has been to minimize the disruption to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Meghan Way. “We provided families with three different learning modes during the 2020-21 school year. Most of our families chose to have their children return to in-person learning, which we feel increased our recoupment rate. Current curriculum and assessment changes have supported staff in identifying gaps in learning leading to targeted instruction and intervention.”

Tecumseh Public Schools plans to address learning loss in the following way:

  • Using formative and benchmark assessment data to identify gaps in learning for all students K-12
  • Use curriculum resources designed specifically to address gaps in learning Curriculum Resources include:
    • i-Ready assessment and intervention (K-4th)
    • FastBridge intervention and progress monitoring (5th-12th)
    • ALEKS intervention for Math (5th-12th)
    • Achieve3000 intervention for Reading (6th-8th)
  • Provide ongoing, embedded professional development for staff in grades K-12 in how to use data to drive instruction and how to best use curriculum intervention resources
  • Robust summer school and after-school tutoring programs

Grant funds such as Section 98c and ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds will continue to support the district’s efforts in addressing learning loss and the increase in the need for social and emotional support programs for our K-12 population.