Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools via Twitter
**FILE** Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools via Twitter

Test scores for Montgomery County Public Schools students have plummeted in math and English during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the school system.

Literacy readiness dropped 35% for second graders from the 2018-2019 to 2020-2021 school years, while math readiness for fifth graders fell 25%, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Students of color seemed particularly affected, with literacy for Black and Latino second graders falling 38% and 46%, respectively, WRC reported.

Ruschelle Reuben, MPCS chief of teaching, learning and schools, told the station that the school district will offer tutoring opportunities, monitor students’ mental health and offer free summer school to help those who have fallen behind.

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