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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

‘Time is Running Out’: COVID-19 Set Back Older Students the Most, Study Finds

Those who came of age during the pandemic are facing ‘an insidious and hidden’ derailment, one researcher says.


Middle- and high-school students, who have the least time to catch up before they leave the K-12 system, may be suffering the most as schools emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, warns a new report released Wednesday. These students, researchers said, “deserve our urgent attention.”

The report, which relies largely on recent findings from outside research groups and the federal government, warns that on just about every indicator that matters — basic skills, college going, mental health and more — the pandemic has set older students back.



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