The Affect of Covid-19 on the Average Student

As we all know online school has become necessary due to COVID-19. This has been good to help stop the spread, but there has been one major concern. This concern is shared between parents and students, it the drop in grades or students performance. And this isn’t just a local issue, it is actually affecting the most of the United States. The worst part of this however is the fact that there is no easy way to fix that until the spread of the virus stops.

A study was done in late 2020 about this topic. First, there are students who experience average-quality remote learning; this group continues to progress, but at a slower pace than if they had remained in school. Second, some students are getting lower-quality remote learning; they are generally stagnating at their current grade levels. Then there are students who are not getting any instruction at all; they are probably losing significant ground. Finally, some students drop out of high school altogether. These are the are the three main groups of students due to online mixed learning.

The study also predicted the outcome of COVID-19 very well last year, it states . “In the third scenario—“pandemic escalation”—the virus is not controlled until vaccines are available, and schools operate remotely for the entire 2020–21 school year.” Which is exactly what happens in the third scenario. Its probably that our schools won’t be opened to normal until a majority of staff and students are vaccinated. The article also stated, “In our second scenario (in-class instruction does not resume until January 2021), we estimate that students who remain enrolled could lose three to four months of learning if they receive average remote instruction, seven to 11 months with lower-quality remote instruction, and 12 to 14 months if they do not receive any instruction at all.” Which states the longer this continues the worse it is for students, so the sooner we get back to normal the better.

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