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When schools changed to a distanced model in 2020 due to COVID-19, students quickly adapted to virtual learning with varying resources. One consequence we see is that many students struggled and fell behind grade level. Although the pandemic made it clear that online learning may not be the most effective model, it is possible with proper resources. Comparing various income brackets and analyzing the Nation’s Report Card’s data, a collection of fourth- and eighth-grade test scores, and interviews with education professionals, I examine the immediate impact of distance learning and its future implications for K-12 public education in the US. Education stands at the backbone of society. If these learning gaps are true, students will be at a disadvantage forever. The traditional school model has been the same for decades. The introduction of distance learning can severely impact schooling as we know it.



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The Immediate and Future Impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 Public Education in the United States