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Teaching Most Teachers Are Not 'Extremely Confident' They Can Help Students Recover Academically
Teachers appear more confident about their virtual teaching skills than their ability to help students catch up academically, survey shows.
Alyson Klein, November 3, 2022
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Student Achievement Two Decades of Progress, Nearly Gone: National Math, Reading Scores Hit Historic Lows
The pandemic has smacked 4th and 8th graders back to the last century in math and reading, according to new national assessments.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 24, 2022
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Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The Mountain Education Charter High School system has a program that pairs struggling students with adults who have faced similar challenges.
Teacher Dawn Mathis works with student Rylee Humphries, 16, during an after school program at Mountain Education Charter High School in Woodstock, Ga. The 18-campus school, which serves returning dropouts and other at-risk students, has expanded since the pandemic due to rising student need.
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College & Workforce Readiness Dropouts Now Face a Steeper Climb to Earn a Diploma Post-Pandemic
Recovery programs say they have seen more students, further behind, than in prior years.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 29, 2022
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Teaching Some Students Are Routinely Denied Challenging Work. The Pandemic Made That Worse
An increase in the use of lower-level reading passages threatens to exacerbate academic gaps.
Sarah Schwartz, August 16, 2022
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Lacey Lassetter instructs the third grade ESL reading class at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School on March 4, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.
Lacey Lassetter teaches a 3rd grade reading class at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in Dallas in March. The school uses “intersession” days to provide targeted teaching for struggling students, part of its strategy for pandemic learning recovery.
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Teaching Tutoring or Remediation: Which Learning Recovery Strategy Is Most Popular?
Tutoring is backed by research, but remediation—going back over old content—could widen some academic gaps.
Sarah Schwartz, August 4, 2022
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Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J., on Sept. 16, 2021.
Almost 6 in 10 teachers said their students mastered the content they needed to during the 2021-22 school year, according to a Khan Academy/YouGov survey.
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Student Achievement What Teachers Say Is the Biggest Barrier to Learning Recovery
A Khan Academy/YouGov survey of teachers explores views on unfinished learning, getting students to master concepts, and grading.
Lauraine Langreo, July 26, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Academic Recovery From the Pandemic Will Outlast Funding by Years
While student achievement has begun to rebound, new data show a long road to return to pre-COVID performance
Sarah D. Sparks, July 19, 2022
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President Joe Biden speaks at Max S. Hayes Hight School, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Cleveland. The speech showcased a final rule tied to his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package from last year. The rule allows troubled multi-company pensions to be made financially whole, ensuring full benefits for 2 million to 3 million workers and retirees.
President Joe Biden speaks at Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland. The administration announced a new effort to bring 250,000 tutors and mentors to American schools over the next three years.
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Federal Biden's Tutoring Initiative: What Will It Mean for Learning Recovery?
The effort aims to help students by providing a pipeline of support in the recruitment of volunteers and use of COVID aid money.
Libby Stanford, July 8, 2022
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Student Achievement Spotlight Spotlight on Tutoring
This Spotlight will help you understand tutoring as an academic recovery tool, discover how districts can expand tutoring access, and more.

July 8, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says 5 Ways to Make Online Credit Recovery Work Better for Struggling Students
Seven out of 10 districts use online programs for credit recovery.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 7, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion High School Graduation Is Down. There Are No Quick Fixes
Online credit-recovery programs are popular, but many shortchange students, write Robert Balfanz and Karen Hawley Miles.
Robert Balfanz & Karen Hawley Miles, May 26, 2022
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Teaching K-12 Essentials Forum Emerging Strategies in Teaching and Learning
Join experts for a look at the tools teachers honed during the pandemic that have the best potential to boost student learning long term.
April 27, 2022
Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy
Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy
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IT Management Q&A Khan Academy Founder on How to Boost Math Performance and Make Free College a Reality
"There's something very strange happening in the education system," Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan told Education Week.
Benjamin Herold, April 12, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Tutoring Is Not the Best Fix for Learning Recovery
Equip teachers to address learning gaps while keeping to grade-level work, urges the Council of the Great City Schools' executive director.
Raymond C. Hart, March 24, 2022
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