Standardized tests revealed the effects of the epidemic on Florida students and schools

Virtual classroom stress, lack of contact with peers, and global epidemics make students suffer from academic and emotional problems

After the most extraordinary year in recent human history, Passed by the COVID-19 infection, the effects are felt at all levels. From Health, Until Economy, Goes through Education Of children.

In the south FloridaLike most parts of the world, minors lived with a great deal of uncertainty between face-to-face and virtual classes. The rules change every time the bubble bursts.

As a result, it shows the results of standardized tests taken by students in Florida public schools Miami-Tate, The 43% of children between preschool and third grade have a lower-than-expected level of reading and 54% or more have a delay in math.

In the neighboring district BrowardTests showed that most children in second and fifth grade had delays in reading. Seventeen percent of second-graders study two grades below their age, while 28% of fifth-graders lag two or more. In the same school district, first graders were two grades lower than expected for their age in math, while fourth- and fifth-graders were two levels or higher behind in math.

But the problems are not just academic. According to reports by Robert Ranci, former Browth Superintendent of Schools 65,000 students in South Florida present social and emotional issues.

The Miami-Date School District is the largest in Florida, and The fourth largest in the country, More than 245 thousand students in public schools. For its part, Provert has 204 thousand students in its public body.

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To counter this reality, precautionary measures are being taken by the Miami-Date and Broward School Districts. Hiring more teachers, educators and mental health counselors, encouraging parents to be more involved in the educational process and forming alliances to help children access good programs after school hours.

About Miami-Taddle $ 823 million The federal recovery plan, approved by Congress, will be fully utilized in support of children trying to make up for the losses of the previous year. Received about Provert 257 million For the same purpose.

Hired by Miami-Tate With 400 new teachers per school year starting at the end of August, Provert has 462 new teaching positions, although many of them are part-time.

The idea is that many of these new teachers are in charge of support programs where young people are taught Focus on reading methods, or reading or math, Without having to carry out an entire class like traditional teachers. His role is overwhelming Coaches on specific topics Than academics in the classical sense.

The other important topic is the mental health of the students. With new Psychiatric coordinators, Miners is expected to find the necessary emotional support at school to implement the fears and doubts of returning to a traditional face-to-face school system.

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