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Learning Loss May Cost Students Billions in Future Earnings. How Districts Are Responding


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COVID-19 disruptions could cost K-12 students billions in future earnings, leading to trillions in lost economic activity. The National Assessment Governing Board warns of a dire economic future due to declining academic achievement. Researchers predict the U.S. will miss out on $31 trillion in economic activity, with students earning 6% less in their careers due to pandemic interruptions. Schools are investing in recovery efforts and preparing students for life beyond K-12. However, disparities in resources and support contribute to future economic outcomes. Experts urge action now to mitigate these effects.

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