In a year that presented challenges in all aspects of our lives, education is an area greatly affected by the pandemic. With most instruction across our nation becoming virtual, many reports show a “learning loss” in highly tested subjects such as reading, math, and other subjects. But what about writing? Writing is a critical tool, especially in challenging times, as it allows for self-expression, communication, reflection, and, when needed, an escape. In this Quick Report, we share the learning gains in writing that we’ve seen in 826 students during the pandemic.
As we reflect on this past year and prepare for the year to come, we wanted to share what we’ve seen across the 826 Network. This report showcases the role that writing plays in supporting students through the challenges of the past year, and how writing can continue to support students as we transition back to in- person and hybrid learning.