A series of recent studies from organizations as diverse as the Harvard Graduate School of Education, McKinsey and the National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES) are driving concern about learning loss across all regions and socio-economic levels due to the impact the pandemic has had on students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Long-Term Trend test, paints a stark picture of 9-year-olds’ achievement in 2022: Over the past two years, math scores dropped by seven points—the first ever decline in the long-term trend assessment’s 50-year history. Reading scores also fell by five points, the biggest drop since 1990.
Parents are right to be concerned.
Thankfully, at All Saints our students have maintained their rigorous academic standards and there has been no decline in test scores at any of our grade levels. Our small but nimble school was able to quickly return students to in-person learning and our dedicated faculty ensured that they never missed a beat.
“I can say with confidence that our students have continued to perform as they did prior to the pandemic, demonstrating how our strong academic program supports their achievement,” said Dr. Amanda Dillon, Upper School Division Head at All Saints. “Our students consistently outperform the National norms and mostly outperform the independent school norms.”
All Saints students in Grades 3-7 take the ERB CTP tests annually and our younger students, in Kindergarten through Grade 2, take the Stanford Achievement Test. In both instances our students have maintained their characteristically high scores. “If your child worked hard to keep learning during COVID disruptions, is he or she frustrated in a class that is still making up lost ground?” asks Interim Head of School, Tom Trigg. “We know that a bored learner can lose a spark of curiosity and eagerness. Grades 1-7 are crucial for a child developing his sense of who he is as a learner, how much he will stretch himself to tackle new challenges. What we see at ASEDS post-COVID is that our students are not only maintaining their learning relative to US-based standardized tests, they are also meeting the internationally normed learning milestones of the International Baccalaureate program.”