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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.