COVID19 Pandemic and Learning Loss
The pandemic has disrupted schooling across the world, with potentially devastating long-term consequences for children’s learning and life outcomes. School close
ures have restricted learning activities to each individual homes, and limited digital infrastructure and parent’s inexperience in supporting children’s learning is almost certain to result in learning loss.
However, the effect is unlikely to have affected everyone equally. Children from disadvantaged background are likely to have suffered more from the closures. Given the financial strain that COVID19 has afflicted to the government and the public, it is important to identify policies that could effectively mitigate the long-term consequences of the impact, particularly for those who are most affected, who are also most likely to not receive sufficient support after school have reopened.
To achieve this, we need to further our understanding beyond the scale of the impact of COVID19 on learning. Identifying the factors that have influenced differences in learning outcomes during the pandemic will strengthen policymaking using research-based evidence.
This research has a twofold aim. The first is to measure the scale of learning loss that is caused by the disruption during the COVID19 Pandemic. Second is to identify the factors that have influenced the difference in the scale of learning loss between different groups, including ones who were exposed to different policies.
This research is conducted using primary data, both that have been collected before this research began from past RISE studies, and one that is collected during. There are two main information types that is going to be collected during the study: 1. Student learning assessment results to measure learning outcomes between students, collected periodically and 2. Principal and parent’s survey to obtain information on the different behaviours and policies each child is exposed to, collected once during school closures, and once after school have reopened.
The two data will be analysed together to potentially identify the effect of each factors and policies on learning outcomes during the pandemic.