Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-20 20:04:58 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) – Nevada students struggle with math and reading, according to a new assessment by the Nevada Department of Education. Experts say the pandemic is partially responsible.
The 2021 Smarter Balanced Assessments surveyed grades 3-8. Normally, 95% of students are required to participate in the report, which was exempted in last year’s grade. Only 68% of Nevada students attended, including 54% of Clark County school district students.
Overall, only 41% of students were fluent in English and 26% were fluent in math. This is down from 48% and 37% in the previous year, respectively.
Steffanie Shapiro, content tutor at Cultivate Academics, said the numbers were devastating. She noticed a major learning gap due to the state-wide school closure caused by the pandemic.
“The basic concept is important for further success,” said Shapiro. “If you don’t understand the basics of something, you can’t expect any ability to truly succeed on that foundation.”
Within CCSD, less than 40% of junior high and elementary school students are proficient in linguistic arts and less than 25% are proficient in mathematics.
Shapiro said one-on-one tutoring helps students regain speed. If students are struggling with English, it is advisable to read aloud daily. Flashcards are a simple and convenient option to support math and other subjects.
“They’re more confident and they really know when they enter the classroom,” said Shapiro. “They usually perform much better than they used to.”
The Nevada Department of Education has pledged to spend more than $ 1 billion on federal funding to meet the academic and emotional needs of students. Plans for this data will be announced at the end of September.