NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Victor Evans, Executive Director for TennesseeCAN, released the following statement in response to the release of NAEP, the National Assessment of Educational Progress:

“Today’s NAEP release reconfirms what we already knew – students experienced severe learning loss during the pandemic. Instruction needs are not being met in the classroom and the students who were already behind are even further behind. This is particularly true for Black students and students of color who continue to experience inequitable access to a high-quality education. The business as usual approach is no longer acceptable and will never be enough to reverse course for some students. We need urgent and immediate interventions, like doubling down on universal adoption of high-quality, high-dosage tutoring for districts and schools that need additional support.

Fortunately in Tennessee, TISA, the state’s new school funding formula, will arrive just in time to offer additional resources to schools and districts to support our most impacted and at-risk students.

But we must ensure that these additional dollars are being spent wisely and in support of student achievement.

The future leaders of our state and nation are in our classrooms, and it is in our collective interest to ensure that they have the resources and supports that they need to be successful both in the classroom and in life.”


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