Fairmont Students THRIVE in the Midst of COVID!


Are you concerned that your child has fallen behind in school during the pandemic? If so, you are not alone. A poll conducted by Global Strategy Group for The Education Trust-West found that almost nine out of ten parents (89%) in California are worried their children have lost academic ground due to COVID-related changes in how students have been receiving instruction, and eight out of ten (80%) reported a higher than usual level of stress due to the “new normal.”

One of the most troubling byproducts of the pandemic is what has become known as the “COVID slide,” a learning loss phenomenon which could have consequences that will last for years for the 55 million children who experienced a disruption in their education due to the pandemic.

Learning loss refers to “any specific or general loss of knowledge and skills or to reversals in academic progress, most commonly due to extended gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education.” Prior to COVID, the most common extended disruption in instruction occurred as a result of summer break, when the learning loss for students was estimated to range from two weeks to two months of academic growth.

Each year, students experience some impact on education because of the “summer slump.” Educators expect it. They understand it. And they prepare for it. But while they have a good handle on this annual occurrence, it in no way prepared them for the unprecedented learning losses which resulted due to the pandemic.

According to Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), parent concerns about COVID-19’s impact on education are well-founded. NWEA took historical data collected to understand the typical summer slump and extrapolated it to project the extent of the learning loss which might be realized in the wake of COVID. Their estimates suggest that “students returned last fall with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year. However, in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains, returning with less than 50% of the learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions.”

Looked at in terms of learning loss, this means that retention of reading and math may have eroded by 30% and more than 50%, respectively.

Students at Fairmont Schools Did NOT Experience the COVID Slide!

When school resumed last fall, Fairmont Schools, like most other schools across the country, opened with 100% remote instruction. Fairmont followed its longstanding practice of conducting formative assessments to kick off the year to assist in making informed decisions about how to make sure they would meet the needs of their students.

According to Kelly Robinette, Director of Data and Accountability, 88% of Fairmont students scored in the proficient range for both reading and math in those formative assessments. Additionally, 75% scored at the high proficiency level in math, and 62% did the same for reading. This did NOT align with the dire results predicted by NWEA. Fairmont students are not only academically surviving during the pandemic, they are academically thriving!

If you are part of the 89% of California parents who are concerned that your child has fallen behind during the pandemic, perhaps it’s time to consider Fairmont Schools. Join Fairmont Schools for their preschool – 8th grade virtual Open House events to learn about their academic program, and the social and emotional support their nurturing community provides. Hear from teachers and parents about how a Fairmont education prepares students for living a purposeful and joyful life. Looking for a way to keep your kids curious, challenged, and connected this summer? You’ll also learn about their award-winning summer camp and summer school programs.



This blog is sponsored by Fairmont Schools.





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