State lawmakers, education leaders discuss COVID-19 learning loss

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath told a Texas Senate committee last year that students in the state fell behind by almost six months due to COVID-19. He also said it would take four years for Texas students to catch up in reading, while noting they may never catch up in math. 

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CPA Take:

School lock downs is response to the Covid pandemic, especially at the elementary level and most acutely for students with special needs, was a damaging experiment.   Much more can be done to accelerate catch up from Covid learning loss, including creating more specialized accounts for targeted populations like the SSES program for special needs students.  

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