What's next for schools?

As educators across the country begin to plan for next school year, we are not only beginning to reckon with the logistics of creating a physically safe school environment, but also with the challenge of helping our students make meaning of their experience with a global pandemic, economic insecurity, attacks against Black bodies, and racial injustice. Amidst this uncertainty and tumult, many are grappling with their own role and the role of unjust systems in society.

School Practices to Address Student Learning Loss

Key Insights:

  • Learning losses are likely to show up differently across grades and subjects, with intensive recovery needs concentrated in the early grades and among already struggling students.
  • Supportive school environments and strong teacher-student relationships speed recovery from learning loss.
  • High-dosage tutoring that is directly tied to classroom contenthelping students succeed in their courseworkcan substantially accelerate learning in both math and reading for the most struggling students.

How COVID-19 could doom the SAT and ACT

One of the most wide-ranging consequences of the COVID-19 crisis may be the demise of college admissions tests, a striking development that would help close the wide opportunity gaps in a key sector of American life.

While pressure to make the SAT and the ACT optional had been building before campuses closed early this spring due to the coronavirus crisis, the tests remained deeply embedded in the nation’s college-going culture, due in no small part to intensive lobbying by both ACT and the College Board, which sponsor the exams...

Waukegan High School may see return of two administrator positions

Three years after Superintendent Theresa Plascencia gutted the ranks of Waukegan High School’s administration in a redesign, Waukegan District 60′s school board is considering a request to add back two assistant principal positions.

With two more administrators being returned to the high school’s ranks, a handful of school board members questioned Tuesday why the district doesn’t return to the former structure...

Chicago schools are watching this student engagement metric closely

At one high-poverty elementary school in Chicago’s South Side, almost 90% of students turned in at least one graded assignment during one week in mid-May. At a nearby elementary with similar demographics, about 10% did.

New data gauging how many Chicago students received graded schoolwork remotely this spring reveals a wide range of outcomes — a more nuanced picture than earlier districtwide numbers that showed about 85% of students across the city turned in at least one graded assignment a week...

Supporting School Improvement

Key Findings

  • 5Essentials Survey measures continue to be predictive of school improvement in elementary schools, and are also predictive in high schools. Of the 22 survey measures, all were in some way positively and significantly associated with schools’ improvement. At the same time, all measures were not associated with all outcomes.
  • Both 1) starting out the year with strength in 5Essentials Survey measures and 2) improving on measures during the course of the year predicted improved student outcomes in schools.
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