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Bipartisan Legislation Studies Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Student Outcomes

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Last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Assessing Children’s Academic Development and the Emotional and Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 (ACADEMIC) Act. The legislation responds to the toll the pandemic has taken on students’ mental, physical, and academic wellbeing by authorizing the Department of Education to expand a current COVID-19 study in coordination with other federal agencies.

The bill would incorporate a new interagency longitudinal component to an existing study under the Institute of Education Sciences to measure the long-term impact of COVID on pre-kindergarten through secondary school students. Additionally, the secretary would be required to release a preliminary summary of findings within one year of data collection.

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Posted:  25 March, 2022

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