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State says student test scores are dropping: What’s being done?

New York State schools have seen a significant drop in students’ performance from 2019 to 2022, according to a review of recent federal data released by the Comptroller’s office.


The report, released earlier this week, prompted a separate review by the state to analyze the impact of the pandemic on student performance in New York.

The findings showed that remote learning and pandemic-related disruptions led to losses across all racial, ethnic, and gender categories, with fourth-grade math scores taking the biggest hit.


To address the issue, New York received over $15 billion in emergency education aid from the federal government, with $14 billion from three rounds of the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund assistance. As of January 3, New York’s school districts had spent roughly 40% of ESSER funds, according to Comptroller DiNapoli’s COVID-19 Relief Program Tracker.

The Comptroller’s office is urging New York school districts to assess their plans for spending federal pandemic funds and to target funds towards children most in need.