Understanding progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year: Complete findings from the autumn term

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"This report presents the Education Policy Institute and Renaissance Learning's second assessment of the learning loss experienced by pupils in England as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is based on assessment data from Renaissance Learning's Star Reading and Star Maths. Star Assessments are computer-adaptive in nature adapt to the individual, providing an assessment that identifies gaps in learning from the entirety of the curriculum independent of their current year group. Star assessments are also standardised to take account of the pupil's age in years and months.

This data has been linked with data held by the Department for Education in the National Pupil Database which has enabled us to carry out analysis by pupil characteristics (such as eligibility for free school meals, and pupil ethnicity) for the first time. In addition, this is the first time we have carried out analysis of assessments carried out in the second half of the autumn term in 2020/21 which enables us to carry out an initial assessment of whether pupils started to make up for the 'lost learning' that we identified in our first report."

The Full Report is available online.

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