WASHINGTON (DC NEWS NOW) — The National Assessment of Education Progress, also known as the ‘Nation’s Report Card,’ was released this week. The report revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic showed math and reading scores have fallen.

“The results released today from the National Assessment of Educational Progress are appalling, unacceptable, and a reminder of the impact that this pandemic has had on our learners,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in a press release. “The data also represent a call to action for the important work we must do now for our students—especially those who have suffered the most during the pandemic.”

Watch the full conversation above on how Sec. Cardona plans to bridge the learning gap.