The non-profit assessment company NWEA estimates that some students will be one year back from the school when they start school in autumn because of school delays, while others will have a more normal fall over the summer.
The organization’s researchers predict that the drop will not be too drastic with the academic output of students in grade 3-8 in a typical school year for comparison. However, the “elements of trauma and the current economies” associated with the health crisis may adversely affect academic outcomes for “historically disadvantaged communities,” even for schools that provide learning during close-outs.
- About 90% of California and New Yorkers say their children are worried that disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic would cause their kids to fall behind in their schools. And, according to poll results published jointly on Wednesday by the nonprofit Trust Education und Education Trust-West, over 80 percent of children in both countries say their children are bored or under-stimulated.
- The over majority of parents surveyed say schools are doing good or excellent work transforming schools into a remote system, with a sample of 1.200 in each region. Yet while 90% of parents in both states indicated that it was beneficial to have daily contact with the teachers of their children, 45% of parents in California and 52% of parents in New York confirmed that this is happening.
- Answers also tackled the digital divide with 43% of New York parents and 37% of California parents reporting that their school has given them a remote learning app. Twenty-eight% of parents in New York and 23% of parents in California state that they don’t know how to use the app for remote learning.
- The report encourages states and communities to focus on the needs of school children and families who face most challenges, with delays now for many students for the remainder of the school year. According to a California press release, “politicians will have to switch from crisis management to long term approaches to ensure education equity is at the center of each school, district and state decision.
- In California, the new data is part of the broader “education equity in crisis” project of the Education Trust-West which includes recommendations for policymakers and school leaders, such as the publication of distance training plans in multiple languages, the adoption of regulations on how the students will be evaluated at home and preparing for summer education, especially for ‘the mos.’
- Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the American Enterprise Institute published the initial findings of its new COVID-19 Longitudinal Survey of Education Response which complements other efforts in documenting what it calls ‘a remarkable change to the schools in the country.’
- 82% of schools supported students with food.
- By 27 March, 42 percent of schools had “a kind of schooling or deal” in districts.
- Around 40% had plans to deal with students’ internet and computer connectivity.
The survey also found that districts were less likely to have synchronous preparation which would enable ‘students to communicate with educators directly in the real time,’ but the authors also concluded that districts have formed a ‘swift reaction’ to the challenges.