Even though students have been back in classrooms, data shows some children continue to struggle due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

The DOE universal screener testing revealed that in the fall and winter of the 2021-2022 school year, almost a fourth of all elementary students were failing English. Though things improved slightly in English in the second quarter, more of them failed math.

In Middle School, a higher percentage failed English the second quarter, with no change or improvement in math.

And in high school, the percentage of students failing both subjects went up the second quarter.

David Miyashiro, Executive Director of HawaiiKidsCAN, said it’s alarming.

“I really think that this is a wake-up call for our families — for our entire system to really push us all to think about what more could we be doing for students,” said Miyashiro.

Read the full article and watch the interview here.


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