Stop the Slide: Without Intervention, Students Will Experience Significant Gaps in Learning During COVID


This article is sponsored by Trinity Academy.

Students across the nation are losing significant ground in education due to school cancellations and poorly delivered remote classes. This “COVID slide” is similar to the losses experienced in the summer where students lose between 15-30% of the gains in math and 5 – 15% in reading — but the COVID slide numbers are significantly worse.

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) estimates that the loss for the COVID slide is somewhere around 30% for reading and as much as 50% in math — and that’s just for the period from March 15 to September 1. Schools that continue delivering sub-par education into the fall months can expect even greater declines.

Trinity Academy’s fall assessment data tells a different story: Trinity students reached instructional goals and maintained their learning throughout the shift to online classes last spring. On August 20, Trinity resumed in-person classes, and student scores have continued to climb.

Trinity has put significant protocols in place to protect student health, such as masks, temperature checks at the door, and social distancing requirements.

The school has also invested significantly in video conferencing technology to provide a quality remote learning experience for quarantined students. The new cameras display a 360-degree classroom image at the top of the screen and follow whoever is speaking in the classroom. If the teacher walks around the room, the camera follows along. If a student asks a question in the back of the room, the camera shifts focus there. The device has eight microphones included to help balance sound throughout the room, resulting in a much more organic classroom experience for remote learners.

Quality, continuous education is critical to a child’s development. If you’d like to learn more about what Trinity has to offer, check out our K-12 Open House on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. You can meet the teachers, tour the school, and learn about financial aid. We’ll even feed your whole family dinner that night!

Prospective kindergarten families are invited to join us for Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 – 7 p.m., at the K-8 school, 1870 Founders Circle. It’s a great opportunity to for you and your little one to meet the kindergarten teachers and learn more about the school. And now, through December 31, Trinity is waiving the $125 application fee and $400 enrollment fee for kindergartners who enroll early! That’s a $525 savings!

Call Audra Sanchez, admissions director, at 316-634-0909 to RSVP for Open House or Kindergarten Round-Up, schedule a tour, arrange a shadow day, or ask a question. Alternatively, you can email her at [email protected].

Moving your child to Trinity is a great way to stop the slide and get your child’s education back on track. Applications are open now for second semester as well as for the 2021-22 school year.

Trinity Academy is a K-12 non-denominational Christian school with more than 560 students. It is located near the intersection of K-96 and 21st Street in east Wichita. The school offers excellent academics, 19 varsity sports, an award-winning fine arts program, beautiful facilities, and vibrant spiritual life. Learn more at