Plain Talk: Could North Dakota See Longer School Years to Make up for Pandemic Learning Loss?

Screenshot of North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler introducing a list of proposals for closing the COVID-19 pandemic learning gap to state lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 18.

“We have a bit of a crisis in K-12 education right now,” North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said on this episode of Plain Talk.

At issue is the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it’s had on the state’s schools. While some of the testing and other measurements of academic progress vary from district to district, Baesler said her office estimates that as many as 25 to 28 percent of students currently aren’t performing at grade level.

The “chaos” of the pandemic “has had an impact on the learning of our students,” Baesler said.

What can be done about it?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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