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Learning Recovery

  • Choosing a Return to Better: Moving Beyond Normal in the Return to School and Learning

  • Accelerating Student Learning: The Need for Urgency and Innovation

The pandemic-induced learning loss has proven to be a significant challenge, exacerbating educational disparities and posing a severe threat to the state's competitiveness. With disruptions in traditional learning formats, prolonged school closures, and a shift to remote or hybrid education, many students faced academic setbacks, particularly those from under resourced communities. This learning loss has widened existing achievement gaps and impacted critical foundational skills across subjects.


Massachusetts, known for its robust education system, faces the risk of diminished workforce preparedness and decreased innovation if this trend persists. The business community recognizes that a skilled and educated workforce is crucial for economic growth and competitiveness. Ensuring that students regain lost ground is imperative to nurture a future workforce equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation, productivity, and sustained economic development. Collaborative efforts between educational institutions, policymakers, and the business sector are essential to address learning gaps and support students in getting back on track, fostering a more resilient and competitive future for the state.

To bring attention to this important issue and promote best practices, MACP has partnered with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) on two pieces of research: in 2020, recommendations to minimize student learning loss and bring about long-term, sustainable improvements for student outcomes, and as a follow up in 2023, a report and Competitiveness Conversation on the pandemic's impacts on learning as well as a call for urgency for state leaders to take action.



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