Pandemic impacts North Dakota student National Assessment scores

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota's student scores on a nationwide assessment are showing the pandemic had an impact on learning.

Math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress fell in North Dakota, reflecting a nationwide trend.

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler called North Dakota's results disappointing considering schools were only closed because of the pandemic for nine weeks.

Baesler says the dip in scores indicates a need to use state and federal pandemic aid to strengthen education.

The NAEP test is usually given every two years.