The pandemic's lost years

Education: Research shows the shift to remote learning could set the average student seven months behind academically, according to an analysis from the consulting group McKinsey & Company.

Students and teachers alike struggled with the switch to remote learning after schools shuttered their doors to stem the spread of the virus.

Racial disparities in access to computers and home internet connection could exacerbate achievement gaps that existed before the pandemic. Black and Hispanic students could face even greater setbacks, with Hispanic students losing nine months and Black students losing 10 months.

High school dropout rates could increase, as students miss out on learning early concepts that provide a foundation for years of education.