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  • Strong Gains, Quick Losses: New Research on Students with Disabilities Finds Conventional Data Hides Both Opportunity and Risk

    Strong Gains, Quick Losses: New Research on Students with Disabilities Finds Conventional Data Hides Both Opportunity and Risk

    A new report from the assessment group NWEA underscores two findings that could inform how schools support children with disabilities going forward.

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  • How Will The Kindergarten Bubble Impact School Funding?

    How Will The Kindergarten Bubble Impact School Funding?

    The numbers are getting clearer; a lack of early learners enrolled in public schools in 2021 is creating a Kindergarten bubble. This could potentially lead to various issues, one of which is...

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  • 4-day school weeks: Educational innovation or detriment?

    4-day school weeks: Educational innovation or detriment?

    Evidence suggests instructional time makes the difference

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  • ‘I don’t think you are ready’: Boys of color fell further behind at school amid COVID-19

    ‘I don’t think you are ready’: Boys of color fell further behind at school amid COVID-19

    CHICAGO – As the promise of spring hung over the city, three teenage boys tussled with insomnia, sifting through the fallout of a pandemic year’s interlocking crises.

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  • What Kids Should Know Before Kindergarten

    What Kids Should Know Before Kindergarten

    If you're enrolling your child in school for the first time this fall, these are the basic kindergarten requirements they'll be expected to know.

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  • 3 ways to support students with disabilities post-pandemic

    3 ways to support students with disabilities post-pandemic

    These strategies can help educators as they address the needs of students with disabilities after a year of learning during a pandemic

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  • Study: Pre-COVID-19 summer slide worse for special education students

    Study: Pre-COVID-19 summer slide worse for special education students

    Special education students had larger summer learning losses in K-4 compared to students who never had special education services, according to a new study conducted by NWEA that is believed to...

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  • Could summer school catch kids up after a disrupted year? Here’s what experts say

    Could summer school catch kids up after a disrupted year? Here’s what experts say

    Principal Margot Zahner’s vision for summer enrichment at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia, grows clearer every week.

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  • Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education

    Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education

    All the work to carefully plan and execute students' individualized education programs had to be completely rethought when schools switched to virtual learning last year.

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  • A Problem for Math Teachers: Solving the Dilemma of Learning Lost to a Year of Zoom

    A Problem for Math Teachers: Solving the Dilemma of Learning Lost to a Year of Zoom

    Christopher Ochoa of McAllen, Texas, has loved mathematics since he was a young child, his interest fueled by summer-time math camps and trips to Space Center Houston.

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  • 4 challenges–and solutions–around assessments and accountability

    4 challenges–and solutions–around assessments and accountability

    A new report proposes federal and state actions to address immediate and long-term improvements related to assessments and accountability

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  • Library Summer Reading Programs Can Help Combat COVID Slide

    Library Summer Reading Programs Can Help Combat COVID Slide

    In a year when the usual summer slide in learning has stretched into a school-year slide, librarians say it is more important than ever to make reading a part of every child’s summer, especially...

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  • Analysis: This Spring Testing Season, States Must Gather Data That Ensures Every Student Has the Opportunity to Learn

    Analysis: This Spring Testing Season, States Must Gather Data That Ensures Every Student Has the Opportunity to Learn

    As the U.S. Department of Education responds to states’ assessment waiver requests, the debate around the role statewide exams should play in the pandemic recovery continues to intensify.

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  • A Schoolwide Focus on Improving Students’ Reading Skills

    A Schoolwide Focus on Improving Students’ Reading Skills

    Differentiated instruction was the key when an elementary school sought more equitable outcomes in students’ growth as readers.

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  • For high school seniors, return to campus is a trip back in time

    For high school seniors, return to campus is a trip back in time

    It’s another week of transitions for California students.

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  • The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning

    The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning

    Some want to hold students back. Experts say there’s a better way.

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  • Kindergarten Might Be a Mess This Fall Because of Pandemic Redshirting

    Kindergarten Might Be a Mess This Fall Because of Pandemic Redshirting

    This could be a kindergarten class like no other: large, disparately educated, and differently prepared for the challenges of school.

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  • This Week’s ESSA News: Florida Strips Consequences From Spring Tests, Feds Approve DC Plans to Scrap Assessments, Idaho’s Failure in Providi

    This Week’s ESSA News: Florida Strips Consequences From Spring Tests, Feds Approve DC Plans to Scrap Assessments, Idaho’s Failure in Providi

    Abby Javurek, a vice president at prominent national nonprofit assessment provider NWEA, wrote a recent piece taking a closer look at ESSA’s Innovative Assessment provisions, arguing that the...

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  • How One Texas District is Combating Learning Loss

    How One Texas District is Combating Learning Loss

    To fight learning loss among online and in-person students, Pasadena ISD is using a multitiered strategy

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  • Five strategies for combating learning loss

    Five strategies for combating learning loss

    As an Executive Director of Curriculum for Pasadena Independent School District in the greater Houston area, I have wrestled with two seemingly opposite forces during the pandemic.

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