Almost half of students are a grade behind due to pandemic (includes video story)

Three years after the global outbreak of the pandemic, about 49 percent of students are a grade level behind, according to data released by the School Pulse Panel, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education. The factors contributing to the increase of 13 percent from pre-pandemic years include a lack of resources, online transitioning and emotional setbacks. 

“We do offer tutoring after school for all classes or all subjects,” Elizabeth Briano, a high school teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. “Some students have to come on their own if they’re struggling and ask for the help.” 

High school parents are still expressing frustration after their kids returning back to school and struggling with academic impacts.

“I have my friends and my daughter too who are behind different areas and different classes and it affects a lot,” Irma Raduales, a Coral Gables Senior High School parent, added.

Cindy Claros is a senior majoring in Digital Media/Broadcasting Journalism. After graduation, she hopes to work in the entertainment industry and for shows such as "Good Morning America" and "The Real" or start her podcast.

Nicole Sued is a junior at Florida International University majoring in digital communication and media. She is a bilingual reporter who is passionate about the entertainment industry and hopes to host a television show for Telemundo.