Feb 2, 2024 - Education

Oregon student test scores fail to rebound post pandemic

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Elementary and middle-school students in Oregon are still struggling to recoup essential learning they lost during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the New York Times.

  • Researchers from Stanford and Harvard found that Oregon was the only state where test scores in reading and math continued to decline even after kids returned to classrooms.

The intrigue: Test scores varied district to district, but the report suggests students in Hillsboro and Salem-Keizer are nearly two years behind on math.

  • Portland students saw moderate improvement in math consistent with the U.S. test score average in 2019.
  • Students in Lake Oswego, however, saw larger gains than other schools in the state — a trend the analysis found consistent with richer districts across the country.
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