Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Research in Education
The Longer Students Were Out of School, The Less They Learned
Dr. Harry A. Patrinos
This paper analyzes school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using robust learning data, the relationship between duration of school closures and learning loss is estimated. A series of controls introduced into the analysis fails to reduce the estimate of weeks closed as a determinant of learning loss. The longer students were out of school, the less they learned. The main lesson learned here is that if COVID continues as a low-intensity pandemic, or if a similar situation arises, keeping schools open should be a priority, as the evidence show that the benefits of school closures seemed to have been lower than the cost of learning losses.
keywords: School closures, COVID-19 pandemic, learning loss