Learning gaps are normal for kids. Summers spent running through splash pads and slurping lemonade don’t exactly equal learning retention. Teachers are prepared for those gaps, but they weren’t necessarily ready for the chasms created by the pandemic, Idaho Press reporter Emily White writes.

study conducted by Harvard and Stanford universities revealed that as a state, Idaho lost nearly five months of learning in math and reading post pandemic. According to the study, 131 students in Nampa School District had nine months of math learning loss and nearly 11 months in reading learning loss. The average public school student in the United States in grades three through eight lost the equivalent of a half year of learning in math and a quarter of a year in reading, according to the study. And those subjects aren’t the only things that suffered during the pandemic.

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