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No learning loss in Sweden during the pandemic: Evidence from primary school reading assessments
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1342-9223
Linköping University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0446-0827
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3829-4169
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy and Learning. Linnaeus University, Linnaeus Knowledge Environments, Education in Change. (Litteracitet & undervisning)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7261-590X
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0883-0355, E-ISSN 1873-538X, Vol. 114, article id 102011Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Abstract [en]

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to worldwide school closures, with a risk of learning loss. Sweden kept primary schools open, but it is unknown whether student and teacher absence and pandemic-related stress factors affected teaching and student progress negatively. In this study, reading assessment data from 97,073 Swedish primary school students (grades 1-3) were analysed to investigate potential learning loss. Results showed that word decoding and reading comprehension scores were not lower during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic, that students from low socio-economic backgrounds were not especially affected, and that the proportion of students with weak decoding skills did not increase during the pandemic. Study limitations are discussed. We conclude that open schools benefitted Swedish primary school students.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 114, article id 102011
Keywords [en]
COVID-19, Decoding, Reading comprehension, School closure, Reading development
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-115258DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2022.102011ISI: 000815701700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85131396925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-115258DiVA, id: diva2:1682071
Available from: 2022-07-08 Created: 2022-07-08 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved

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