NO-LOCKDOWN! “The pandemic erased two decades of progress in math and reading,” the New York Times reported Thursday, citing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress — an assessment often referred to as “the nation’s report card” conducted by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Data collected shows that nine-year-olds lost ground in math for the first time since the data started being collected in the 1970s, and reading scores dropped by its most significant margin since 1990.

Compared to the 2020 assessment, which was administered before pandemic protocols were put in place, the 2022 scores dropped seven points in math and five points in reading.

Saying the U.S. is in an “education crisis,” according to CNN, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona also said that the drop in scores can be attributed to not having “in-person learning.”