Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education have released estimated data regarding learning loss for Tennessee students resulting from COVID-19 school closures through the summer months. Preliminary data projects an estimated 50% decrease in proficiency rates in 3rd grade reading and a projected 65% decrease in proficiency in math.
While many students traditionally experience learning loss over the summer, projections show that learning loss from March school closures through the summer is expected to be 2.5 times that of a normal summer rate. Projections were using historical, Tennessee-specific data to provide additional learning loss estimates based on the extended school closures. The learning loss impacts early grades greater than later grades.