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Why Schools Are Not Holding Students Back to Address COVID-19 Learning Loss

District leaders cite evidence that retention doesn’t improve academic outcomes, and argue that holding large groups of students back will disproportionately hurt students of color and kids from low-income families. (June 18, 2020)

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Academic cheating is a big problem in virtual learning environments, but educators can discourage and prevent it.
September 9, 2020 – Education Week
Schools with early-warning systems can stave off academic struggles. Experts advise on adapting the strategy for online learning.
August 20, 2020 – Education Week
Individual or small group tutoring is the most powerful strategy schools can use to respond to pandemic learning losses.
August 20, 2020 – Education Week
A strategy that gives more learning time in small groups of students without taking time away from core instruction.
August 20, 2020 – Education Week
Now more than ever, schools need to give all students access to grade-level work, experts say. Here’s how.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
Beware these danger zones when trying to determine what students know and need to learn this fall, experts say.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
Experts say there are some priorities for instruction this year that cut across virtual and brick-and-mortar environments.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
When some students are online and others in school buildings, how can teachers make sure everyone is learning what they need to learn?
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
The pandemic disrupted standardized at state and national levels this spring. Here’s what education leaders need to know about continued disruptions and infection risks posed by testing.
July 9, 2020 – Education Week
How much students regressed during the extended remote learning period is a matter of some debate, but every district must devise ways to diagnose and respond to it.
June 12, 2020 – Education Week

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