7th-Grade Teacher Reports Students Have ‘4th-Grade’ Skills: ‘They Aren’t Stressing To Y’all How Bad It Is’

The COVID-19 pandemic made everyone stay home, and kids had to learn there too. Parents tried to help teach them, but it was challenging without training.

Now that schools are open again, one teacher on rants on TikTok said that many students are behind in their learning, and it’s a big problem. Read on for the complete story

A Disturbing Reality In Education

In a candid revelation, a 7th-grade teacher from an Atlanta middle school, QBSkiiii on TikTok, voiced his concerns about the significant educational gaps observed in his students post-pandemic.

He exclaimed in his video, “they aren’t stressing to y’all how bad it is,” highlighting an urgent yet seemingly unnoticed issue in student progress. QBSkiiii revealed a worrying reality, noting many students were “still performing on the fourth-grade level” and criticized the school administration for “passing them on” despite this.

He lamented, “I could probably count on one hand how many kids are performing on a grade level,” hinting at a critical, widespread issue in student educational attainment and moving up practices.

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The Impact of Policy Changes

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The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act in 2015, allowed for students to progress to the next grade even if their test scores were not satisfactory.

While intended to prevent students from being left behind, this policy shift has seemingly contributed to a situation where students are advanced despite needing to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for their grade level.

QBSkiiii expressed his frustration and concern, noting that despite distributing failing grades, the students were still moved up, thereby entering new academic environments for which they needed to be adequately prepared.

Plea for Awareness & Change

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QBSkiiii’s video, which went viral on TikTok, sparked widespread discussions and elicited varied responses from the public. Some users expressed their concern and agreed with the teacher’s observations.

One comment reads,

“As a 4th grade teacher, I completely yyyyy agree!! I’m a new teacher and some of my 4th graders are on a 2nd grade level! “

Another added,

“Unfortunately this “passing on” isn’t new. I couldn’t read until 5th grade. I started a new school and the teacher was like “No, ma’am.”

The teacher emphasized that these students, who are being passed despite clear academic deficiencies, are the future leaders, doctors, and nurses, thereby underscoring the potential long-term consequences of the current educational approach.

A Call for Educational Reevaluation

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The revelations and subsequent discussions arising from QBSkiiii’s video underscore a pressing need to reevaluate educational policies and practices, striking a delicate yet crucial balance between ensuring no student is left behind and guaranteeing that each student is adequately prepared for their future academic and professional endeavors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the educational sector, causing substantial learning loss among students due to challenges such as technological disparities and reduced instructional time, particularly exacerbating educational inequalities among marginalized communities.

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) policy, known for its focus on accountability through standardized testing, is due for a critical reassessment in light of recent challenges.

To address the educational crisis exacerbated by the pandemic, it may need recalibration, incorporating strategies such as targeted interventions and customized teaching methods to close widening educational gaps and help students overcome learning losses.

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  1. edweek.org/policy-politics/no-child-left-behind-an-overview/2015/04
  2. scholarworks.uni.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4199&context=grp
  3. npr.org/2022/06/22/1105970186/pandemic-learning-loss-findings

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Martha A. Lavallie
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