Guess which state is outpacing the nation in student learning? New Hampshire's latest assessment results are turning heads, showing remarkable progress despite pandemic setbacks. Recent statewide assessments reveal that students are learning at a faster pace than the national average, making significant strides towards recovering from the challenges posed by the pandemic. State education officials said the rate of acceleration has increased over 2019, before the pandemic, bucking the national trend.
This achievement has been supported by a statewide effort to offer free tutoring to address learning gaps. With tutoring services offered online, students have easier and more flexible access, especially after school to help with homework and target lagging areas.
But despite this progress, there's still work to be done, particularly in reading, where nearly half of students are below proficiency. So while preliminary data reveals positive signs of improvement and growth, there's still ground to cover.
Read more about the state's initial data HERE
Read more about some of the state's initial efforts HERE
Recent findings from the Department of Education's survey have unveiled concerning trends in text comprehension skills among adolescents, signaling a decline in literacy standards. This downward trajectory, exacerbated by the challenges of the Covid-affected school year, has prompted a closer examination of educational practices, including the medium through which children engage with text.
In a groundbreaking study conducted by neuroscientists at Columbia University's Teachers College, researchers delved into the impact of reading medium on learning outcomes. Their findings, soon to be published, offer a compelling insight: for "deeper reading," paper trumps screens.
So while technology has revolutionized education in many ways, the tactile engagement and cognitive benefits of reading on paper foster deeper comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Read the study HERE