The 2022 national math assessment has captured the largest decline in scores for 9-year-old grade school students in 44 years, with disproportionate drops for students of color, low-income families, and already disadvantaged students. The unprecedented disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in March 2020 have resulted in historically low scores; for another benchmark—amongst 4th and 8th graders, the math achievement scores regressed to their worst in approximately 20 years. According to NAEP and ACT scores, STEM college readiness benchmark achievement also suffered, with many 2021 graduates reporting delayed or cancelled postsecondary plans. Internationally the US continues to rank in the middle of advanced economies, far outpaced by Japan and Singapore.

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