LOCAL NEWS

Utah second graders struggling post-pandemic, but most students recovering, report says

Oct 12, 2022, 2:02 PM | Updated: Nov 19, 2022, 12:09 am

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education on Tuesday released its first school report card since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report found student academic performance is recovering in English language arts, mathematics, and science, but educators say there is still a ways to go to return to pre-pandemic achievement levels in schools.

“The pandemic took an awful toll on all of our lives and on many of our institutions,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson. “It negatively impacted our students, teachers, and families. This report gives us a clear-eyed picture of what happened. While the academic impact was not as bad as many feared, it shows us that students and teachers are on the road to academic recovery while not yet reaching the guidepost of excellence.”

One group that is still struggling from the pandemic is second graders, according to Darin Nielsen, the assistant superintendent for student achievement with the Utah State Board of Education. Current second graders were in kindergarten in 2020 when the pandemic hit, and have had to overcome obstacles caused by remote learning and social distancing measures.

“That grade level is not performing like we would expect,” Nielsen said. “That group, we need to for sure target additional supports at a statewide level.”

Ali Larsen’s youngest child is in second grade, and Larsen said she has noticed a difference in her reading skills since the pandemic.

“I think she has struggled a little bit with trying to get the love for it, because it was such a disruption and not being there as much for it,” she said.

She isn’t surprised to see that second graders were hit hardest due to the pandemic. She has three older children, and says they have all bounced back to their pre-pandemic benchmarks, while her second grader is still trying to catch up.

“The overall takeaway, from my perspective, is the positive. … We’re seeing evidence of recovery,” Nielsen said.

For now, Larsen is doing what she can to put in extra time with her daughter to make reading a constant part of every day.

“Reading in the car, taking books with her everywhere you go, getting her more familiar with all of it,” she said.

State, district and individual school report cards for the 2021-22 school year are available at the Utah State Board of Education website, utahschoolgrades.schools.utah.gov. Tools are available on the report card website to let users look at individual report findings based on subject matter, student proficiency and student growth as well as individual school and state demographics associated with the data.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

man with breathing tubes wears a white hat...

Tamara Vaifanua

Family, friends celebrate Kearns man’s 100th birthday

A Kearns man celebrated his 100th birthday.

1 hour ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Tamara Vaifanua

Utah high school basketball player reaches milestone: 1,000 rebounds in single season

A Utah high school basketball player grabbed a huge career milestone – 1,000 rebounds in a single season; and she’s not stopping there.

2 hours ago

(KSL TV)...

Annie Knox and Daniella Rivera

5 things to know about KSL’s legal fight for transparency

How much should Utahns get to know about how elected officials spend their time on the clock? The question is at the center of a legal fight taking KSL to court Monday.

7 hours ago

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook Sunday, the closest park t...

Shelby Lofton

Utah Avalanche Center opens new rescue skills training park close to Salt Lake City

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook on Sunday, the closest park to Salt Lake City.

14 hours ago

Thousands of Filipino’s filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend ...

Dan Rascon

Thousands attend interfaith concert in Manila with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Thousands of people from the Philippines filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend an interfaith concert with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

14 hours ago

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and President Joe Biden toast before Biden speaks to members of the Na...

Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

Biden and Utah’s governor call for less bitterness and more bipartisanship

President Joe Biden and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox disagree on many issues but they were united Saturday in calling for less bitterness in politics and more bipartisanship.

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Utah second graders struggling post-pandemic, but most students recovering, report says