Understanding progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year: Initial findings from the spring term

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"This ad hoc report presents a brief headline summary of the Education Policy Institute and Renaissance Learning's third 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 in the spring term of the 2020/21 academic year.

These data have been linked with data held by the Department for Education in the National Pupil Database, enabling us to control for a range of pupil characteristics. This is the first time we have analysed assessments undertaken in the spring term 2020/21 and represents an initial assessment of whether pupils lost learning as a result of the national lockdown at the beginning of 2021.

In this report we present estimates of learning loss for pupils in primary schools (covering year groups 3-6). Further breakdowns by pupil characteristics and estimates for pupils in secondary schools will be presented in a subsequent full report."

The Full Report is available online.

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