Understanding learning ‘acceleration’

Most students will return to in-person schooling this fall, and teachers around the country are feeling the pressure to get their classes back on track.

In many places, a model known as acceleration is being billed as the way to ameliorate less-than-ideal learning conditions from this past school year. Generally speaking, the idea is to provide “just in time” supports, or scaffolds, to help students access their usual grade-level content, rather than going back and teaching what got skipped last year...

Jon Brooks

Jon is a third-year public policy major at the University of Chicago. Before joining the UChicago Consortium as a general Research Assistant, he worked as an intern for the CPS Office of Equity where he aided in the project management of new district initiatives and analyzed and visualized data to inform various equity endeavors.

How best to assess COVID-19 learning loss?

Concerned that the state’s existing standardized test won’t adequately capture pandemic losses and eager to streamline the number of tests that students take, Illinois wants to sign a new contract for a state test before the previous assessment contract is up.

Now a vote to make that change has been delayed, putting the state school board’s plans on pause and raising questions about how to catch pandemic-related learning loss...

A Path to Equity

Key Findings

  • For most student groups, the pre-k policy changes were related to more favorable early elementary math test scores and academic grades.
  • For Black students and students in the lowest-income group, the pre-k policy changes were also associated with higher reading test scores in second grade.
  • Across all student groups, improved second grade outcomes were r

A maze, not a path

In her second semester at a predominantly white institution, Robyn Smith decided to transfer to a historically Black school.

A tuition increase prompted Arthur Wells to switch from a four-year university to a two-year college...

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