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By Drew Lawson
The Times 

Local impact of pandemic on state test scores

Area schools follow statewide trend of lower standardized test scores as superintendents point to several causes


Last updated 2/25/2022 at 9:41am

Graphic by Walter Willand

This graph indicates what percentage of students met grade-level standards on state standardized tests in each local school district in Fall 2021 and Spring 2019. Students last fall were tested on material they learned the year prior, as opposed to the current school year.

DAVENPORT-Students' standardized test scores dropped statewide in English/language arts (ELA) and math assessments between 2019 and 2021 tests, and local schools were no different.

Students were given standardized tests in Fall 2021 for the first time since Spring 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local scores in ELA decreased 14.6% in Davenport, 13.8% in Reardan and 7.6% in Harrington.

Drops were mostly more drastic in math scores, decreasing 18.1% in Davenport, 17.7% in Reardan and 7% in Harrington.

However, area superintendents pointed to several likely factors that influenced a dec...

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