4 out of 10 California parents say child has fallen behind academically

More than four in ten California parents say their child has fallen behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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According to the institute, 25% of parents with school-age children and 26% of public-school parents said their child has fallen behind a little. 19% of parents with school-age children and 20% of public-school parents said their kids have fallen behind a lot.

They also looked at racial/ethnic groups and found that 52% of Latino students have fallen behind academically compared to 38% of white students, the institute reported.

47% of parents believe it will be a challenge for public school students to catch up in the next school year, the institute reported. The biggest challenges students have dealt with are the social-emotional impacts of the pandemic and adjusting to a normal school schedule.

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