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Learning losses during the pandemic showing up in latest standardized test results

Results from the 2022 MCAS tests were mixed with higher math and science scores from 2021, but a with a decline in English language arts scores

Educators expect academic recovery from COVID-19 will take years

Educators say the results of standardized tests given last spring to elementary and secondary school students in Massachusetts underscore the amount of lost learning during the pandemic.

The 2022 MCAS math and science scores improved from 2021 results. But English language arts scores declined.

Overall, state education officials said, the results show a continued need for improvement compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Test scores in the Springfield Public Schools mirrored the statewide results. Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick said the district has already implemented strategies to accelerate the recovery of pandemic-related learning loss.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Warwick.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.