Duval Schools did better than most during pandemic

Published on October 25, 2022 at 12:05 pm
FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Aiden Trabucco, right, wears a mask as he raises his hand to answer a question behind Anthony Gonzales during a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas. School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Duval County students’ fourth-grade test scores fell for both math and reading as part of a national slide blamed on interruptions of in-person schooling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, data released Monday by the U.S. Education Department showed.

Eighth-grade math performance also dropped while reading improved minutely, essentially holding steady, said data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized measurement sometimes called the nation’s report card.

The losses reflect harm to schooling that has been felt in many corners, but Duval officials took encouragement that local scores fell less than at most large urban school districts.

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